Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Spectres! featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz, October 18 & 19 in Dell Hall.
Your Austin Symphony Orchestra has brewed up a frightfully fun Masterworks Series concert that will get you in the Halloween spirit. The evening will begin with César Franck’s Le Chausseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman), which was inspired by en eighteenth-century ballade written by Gottfried August Bürger, and told the haunting story about the Count of the Rhine being hunted by hell’s demons. The ASO will then welcome to the stage the Austin debut of cellist Matt Haimovitz, performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. Many composers, including Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, considered this concerto to be the greatest of all cello concertos. The evening will conclude with Hector Berlioz’s beloved and dark Symphonie fantastique. Leonard Bernstein described the work as the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature, and because history suggests Berlioz composed at least a portion of it under the influence of opium.
Still want more? How about playing on some string instruments provided by our friends at Violins Etc.? We also have a wonderful pre-concert talk given by Bob Buckalew at 7:10 pm. How about “tweeting” with our musicians and ASO staff? Take a photo in front of our photo wall. Come experience music that is “Larger Than Life!” Feeling a little peckish? Our friends at Spectrum Catering will be offering meal options outside on the Terrace and also on the Mezzanine level.
Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
About Austin Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and educational programming, including the Masterworks concert series. Programming for the entire family includes the Halloween Children’s Concert, and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the popular James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs, which include Children’s Day Art Park, Young People’s Concerts, High School Concert Tour and a variety of other school programs.
Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.