Long Beach Symphony Presents Symphonie Fantastique with Eckart Preu

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Long Beach Symphony plays Symphonie Fantastique alongside works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Dukas

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Long Beach Symphony Presents Symphonie Fantastique with Eckart Preu

  • Saint-Saëns—Danse Macabre: The orchestral tone poem paints a picture of skeletons leaping and dancing at midnight, with the violin taking on the role of Death itself. When the oboe pipes in, standing in for a rooster’s crow, the party is over and all the skeletons have to remember where they put their cell phones.

  • Debussy—Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun: The piece’s delicately layered, woodwind melody evokes a pastoral scene populated by mythical creatures, such as fauns, nymphs, and birds. Despite its majesty, it was criticized in 1894 for having little structure, a trait that some say led to the birth of modern music.

  • Dukas—The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Made famous as the track that accompanies Mickey Mouse’s disastrous foray into hands-free house cleaning in Disney’s Fantasia, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice becomes perfect accompaniment for high-flying feats and escalating antics.

  • Berlioz—Symphonie Fantastique: Leonard Bernstein called the Fantastique, “the first psychedelic symphony in history.” Indeed the composer himself describes the “plot” as revolving around a young lovesick musician who “poisons himself with opium” that “plunges him into a heavy sleep” wherein “his feelings, sensations and memories are translated by his sick brain into musical thoughts and images.” Considering that Berlioz was inspired by a romantic infatuation for Irish actress Harriet Smithson at the time he was writing this work, it’s likely that a good portion of that plot is autobiographical—which may explain its psychedelic nature.

Long Beach Symphony

A community institution for over 80 years, the Long Beach Symphony has entertained generations of audiences. The Symphony produces six full symphonic classical concerts throughout the year at the Long Beach Perform­ing Arts Center Terrace Theater and five more eclectic POPS! concert events in the Long Beach Arena, entertaining more than 32,000 residents throughout the season. Outside of their concert events, the Symphony also provides over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, libraries, and community centers, as well as ensembles and concert field trips for every LBUSD 2nd-5th grader in the public school sys­tem. Because music should be above all things accessible, Long Beach Symphony also offers free concerts at smaller venues and fun instrument petting zoos in spaces all over the City of Long Beach, like Cesar Chavez Park, Rainbow Harbor Lagoon, City Parking Ga­rage, and Homeland Cultural Center.

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