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|LPO PLANS “FANTASTIC” MAY 16 CONCERT AT SLU’S COLUMBIA
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will once again welcome
the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to the downtown Hammond theater’s
stage on May 16.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert, “Fantastic
Finale!,” are $30, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $25, Orchestra 2 and Balcony
1; and $20, Balcony 2. Tickets are available through Ticketw
and will go on sale on May 12 at the Columbia box office, 985-543-4371.
The box office, located in the theater’s lobby at 220 E. Thomas Street,
is open from noon to 5 p.m.
Louisiana Philharmonic Music Director
Klauspeter Seibel will conduct the orchestra in Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,”
Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor,” and Rossini’s opera “An Italian
Girl in Algiers.”
By far the strongest and most direct
influence on the composition of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” was a
young Shakespearean actress, Harriet Smithson, who appeared in Paris as
Ophelia and Juliet in productions by a touring company from England. When
Berlioz first saw her on stage on September 11, 1827, he was so overwhelmed
and consumed with passion for her that he became like a man possessed.
In a heroic gesture designed to attract her attention to his burning love,
this most romantic of Romantics wrote his “Fantastic Symphony: Episode
in the Life of an Artist” to prove to her that he too was a dramatic artist.
The most prominent autobiographical
element of the score is the use of the “idée fixe,” a melody that
recurs throughout each of the five movements in varying guises -- fervent,
beatific, distant, restless, or diabolical, depending on the changing scene.
An aura of reverence, mystery and romantic
fantasy surrounds Mozart's penultimate symphony. It was written, along
with two other symphonies, during just six weeks in the summer of 1788,
and is one of more than 50 symphonies by Mozart written in the minor key.
Rossini’s early opera, “The Italian
Girl in Algiers,” written in 1813, started him on the
road to global fame which would see him produce more than two operas
each year for the next 15 years. For American audiences, this opera makes
rare appearances, usually on university campuses. Filled with gay and witty
music, the opera's fame lives through its brilliant overture. A masterpiece
of orchestration, it is a perfect concert overture, filled with drama,
spirit, and charm.
For additional information about the
LPO “Fantastic Finale!” concert and other Columbia 2003 performances, call
the Fanfare-Columbia office, 985-543-4366 or e-mail email@example.com.
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