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"Symphonie fantastique", Berlioz
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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

8:00 PM
Weber, Shostakovich, Berlioz
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shostakovich’s powerful First Violin Concerto, which was composed in secrecy during the final years of Stalin’s tyranny, expresses the fear and fury of a composer suffering pervasive repression by Soviet authority. Its imaginative character is more than matched by Berlioz’s extraordinary Symphonie fantastique, from its sumptuous ball-scene with a haunting waltz melody to the evil howls and cackles of its witches’ Sabbath.

This program will also be performed on December 10.


  • Weber The Ruler of the Spirits Overture
  • Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
  • J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005, Mvt. III [ENCORE: 12/5, 12/7]

Additional Dates for this Program


Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Johann Buis.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., December 5, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sat., December 7, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tues., December 10, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


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