Seattle Philharmonic: 'In the startled ear of night...'
- Luke Fitzpatrick, violin
Bernard Herrmann — The Ghost and Mrs. Muir: Suite
Edmond Dédé — Méphisto Masqué
Nicole Buetti — Odyssey Overture (Seattle premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams — Overture to The Poisoned Kiss
Giuseppe Tartini — Violin Sonata in G minor "Devil's Trill" (Luke Fitzpatrick, violin; arr. for violin & chamber orchestra)
Jacques Offenbach — Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
In the tradition of the Philharmonic’s “Music’s Darkest Harvest” concerts of yore, we present a Halloween program that is all over the map, both geographically and stylistically. The concert is bookended by two French overtures: Louise Bertin’s Le Loup-garou, the first (and only?) opera ever written about a werewolf, and Jacques Offenbach's ever-popular Orpheus in the Underworld, which climaxes in the rumbustious and once-scandalous can-can. America is represented by Bernard Herrmann's personal favorite among his numerous film scores, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir; Edmond Dédé’s rollicking Méphisto Masqué; and Nicole Buetti, who will be on hand for the local premiere of her Odyssey Overture (inspired by, among other things, her fondness for Star Trek and Star Wars). The Philharmonic's beloved concertmaster Luke Fitzpatrick will be heard in music of the Italian Baroque: Giuseppe Tartini's "Devil’s Trill" Sonata, in a new version for violin and orchestra. Finally, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams with a rare performance of his overture to the comic opera about sorcery and necromancy, The Poisoned Kiss.
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