Saturday, December 21 – 6:30 PM
Sunday, December 22 – 2:30 PM
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College
With Piedmont Dance Theatre
Rebecca and Daniel Wiley, Directors
Tickets may be purchased only through an online ticket service.
Salisbury Symphony is 'Tres Magnifique'
Thursday, October 31, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The Salisbury Symphony opened its 2013 season Saturday night in Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College with an all French concert titled “Fantastique.”
The program offered the “Brass Fanfare” by Paul Dukas from his ballet “La Peri,” “the Violin Concerto No. 3” by Camille Saint-Saens with violinist Marjorie Bagley and the “Symphony Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz.
A fanfare usually announces a special occasion and this concert proved to be just that. The term fanfare even comes to us from the French language, so opening with the “Brass Fanfare” from the Ballet, “La Peri” (1911) by Paul Dukas was apropos.
Salisbury Symphony's Opening Concert
October 17, 2013...The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra opens their 47th season with a French accent! Music by Dukas, Saint-Saens, and Berlioz, all French composers, capture the idea of fantasy in a variety of ways. The concert is themed “Fantastique!” and will be offered on Saturday, October 26th, 7:30 PM, right after an on-stage conversation with Music Director David Hagy, in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.
The “Fanfare” to Paul Dukas’ exotic ballet La Peri is a marvelous opening for a concert based on the theme of fantasy. Dukas, who is probably best remembered for his symphonic poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, wrote the ballet in 1911, capturing the deep fascination of French Impressionist artists and composers with the exoticism of the orient.
Program Notes for Fantastique!
Program Notes for the Fantastique! concert are provided by Professor Renee McCachren of Catawba College.
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
An Episode in the Life of an Artist
Symphonie Fantastique was one the most revolutionary masterpieces of symphonic literature of its day. In terms of its scope, emotional extremes, orchestral color, artistic vision, and unconventional structure, it stands as one of the most important compositions of the early Romantic period. Berlioz himself, with his turbulent emotions, ardent mood swings, and quest for the unattainable, represents the quintessential early Romantic artist. As a young lad of seventeen, he moved to Paris to study medicine so that he could dutifully follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, however, his love for music flourished in the cultural center of Paris and soon dominated his life, leading him to study composition at the prestigious Paris Conservatory.