James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the CSO podium with three masterpieces of orchestral color. Schoenberg described his Five Pieces for Orchestra as a “ceaseless flow of colors, rhythm and mood.” Levine ends the program with Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique.
Enjoy a Q&A with Diane Mues (viola) and Mihaela Ionescu (violin) after the Tuesday CSO concert.
Note for the Newcomer: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a famous example of "programmatic music," written to portray a specific story or string of events. Berlioz wrote in-depth notes to accompany the story depicted in Symphonie fantastique that describe a ball, an opium dream and a witches' sabbath.