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Symphonie Fantastique

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, February 23, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Saturday, February 24
at 8:00 pm 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.

"Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip; you wind up screaming at your own funeral." - Leonard Bernstein

Part symphony, part psychedelic episode, Berlioz guides us through encounters with budding passion, festive parties, the despair of unrequited love, and ultimately, execution and hideous revelries ushering us into the underworld. The lines between reality and hallucination blur among the sounds of pleading winds, relentless brass, and foreboding percussion.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

CONNESSON, Flammenschrift
SAINT-SAËNS, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
RAVEL, Tzigane
BERLIOZ, Symphonie fantastique

ConcerTalk 2/23 at 7 PM & 2/24 at 7 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.