October 19 NVSO Presents “Journeys Fantastique”
North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces a haunting and powerful group of selections to showcase the season, “Journeys Fantastique.” The program will be held Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr. in Phoenix.
Composer Hector Berlioz was only 24 years old when he became obsessed with Harriet Smithson, a popular Shakespearean actress performing in Paris. His obsession caused him to compose “Symphonie Fantastique,” which depicts a turbulent ride through the mind of a man obsessed, but unable to be with the woman he loves. In the final movement of the symphony, his dreams ultimately turn nasty and he has visions of his beloved taunting him from the underworld in a witches’ Sabbath dance.
Audience members will enjoy the expressive narration by Jason Bressler, executive director of North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, to fully engage in the story of “Symphonie Fantastique.”
In a similar theme, Saint Saens’ “Danse Macabre” is a journey into the centuries-old celebration of the Dance of Death, which occurs at midnight on All-Hallows’ Eve. Last season’s Summerford Violin Competition winner, Gabrielle Lorenc, will play the “Danse Macabre” solo, which represents the devil playing fiddle throughout the dance.
The Youth Orchestra will complete the evening’s journey with Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” which is based on the travels of Peer Gynt into the Hall of the Mountain King, where trolls and gnomes abound.
Ticket prices are $5 each or $15 for a full-season pass, which includes all four concerts. Tickets are available online.