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“Spectres!”
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  • where: Dell Hall directions
  • conductor: Peter Bay

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 Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman), which was inspired by an 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!”

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Single Tickets Available August 12, 2019

All artists, dates, and repertoire is subject to change.

Program
César Franck Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Sponsors

  • Frost Bank
  • Jackson Walker, LLP
  • Maxwell Locke and Ritter