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Debussy: La mer & Faun

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Orchestra Hall
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Friday, February 23, 2018 – 10:45 AM
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at 10:45 am EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

The DSO thanks violinist Benjamin Beilman for stepping in for Renaud Capuçon for the final two programs of the French Festival. Mr. Capuçon is unable to appear due to illness.

For concerts on Thursday at 7:30 PM and Friday at 10:45 AM, the program is unchanged, with Mr. Beilman featured in Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3. For concerts on Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Mr. Beilman will perform Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in place of the previously announced Violin Sonata by Ravel, along with Ravel’s Tzigane.

In La Mer, Debussy captures the elemental essence of the seas and expresses it through music; the transparent stillness of morning, the darkness of murky depths, and the power of surging tides through orchestral waves of sound. La Mer is a towering achievement, both in his career and in symphonic literature. Though written more than 100 years ago, it continues to influence musical portrayals of the sea to this day.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

RABAUD, Procession Nocturne
SAINT-SAËNS, Violin Concerto No. 3
DEBUSSY, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

ConcerTalk 2/22 at 6:30 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! In this iteration, Steven Whiting, French Festival Scholar-in-Residence and University of Michigan Professor of Musicology, will speak about the program.