<August 2019>

Ravel's Schéhérazade

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Concert Description

“Je voudrais voir…”, repeats Shéhérazade. “I would like to see…” This refrain sets the tone for Ravel’s Shéhérazade, named for the protagonist of 101 Arabian Nights — a woman who employs her imagination as a means of escape. With text based on three poems by his friend Tristan Klingsor, this song cycle drips with the color that Ravel is known for. Earlier in the program, composer Alex Temple’s Liebslied electronically distorts love songs of the 1950s, rendering them surreal and unrecognizable.


James Gaffigan, conductor  Bio

American conductor James Gaffigan is praised for the precision and natural ease of his conducting and the illuminating insight of his musicianship. His passionate, energetic performances and ability to connect deeply with audiences and musicians has attracted international attention. Mr. Gaffigan's international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Since then, Mr. Gaffigan has worked with numerous institutions, and is repeatedly sought after as guest conductor with North America's most prominent orchestras including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New World, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Toronto Symphonies, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Isabel Leonard, mezzo soprano   


MOZART Overture from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, (The Abduction from the Seraglio)  
RAVEL Shéhérazade  
TBD Liebeslied  
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4