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Cal Poly Symphony Season Finale: Symphonie Fantastique
Click to see original Image in a new windowThe Cal Poly Symphony will conclude its 2016-17 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert will begin with two small-scale works: Paul Dukas’ “Fanfare to precede ‘La Péri,’” written for orchestral brass, and Richard Strauss’ “Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7,” written for orchestral woodwinds. These short works are intended to complement the massive work that follows.

After a brief intermission, the full orchestra will assemble to perform Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique,” which has been called “the most remarkable First Symphony ever written.” The work reflects Berlioz’ early life: in 1827, the young composer attended a performance of “Hamlet” at the Paris Odéon theater and saw actress Harriet Smithson for the first time. The passionate love she sparked in Berlioz did not lead at first to the relationship that he pursued, but inspired him to write this symphony.

In the program Berlioz handed out to the first audience, he describes in lavish prose how the music reflects his dreams, the vision of his beloved across a crowded dance hall, his lonely musings in the countryside, and finally his hallucinogenic vision of his own execution and the grotesque celebration that follows. Don’t miss this most autobiographical of symphonies in live performance.

Symphony Director David Arrivée will conduct the concert.

Tickets are $12 or $14 for the public and $9 or $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406


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