Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Spectres!
The evening will begin with César Franck’s Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman), which was inspired by an 18th-century ballade 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.