Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:00PM
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Robert McPherson, tenor
In this towering masterwork, the huge orchestra is augmented with additional players in every section, plus brass choirs in the four corners of the hall and a chorus of 140 singers, making it a once-in-a-lifetime event for music lovers. Berlioz dreamed of creating an “awesome musical cataclysm…which will, I hope, live on as a great landmark in our art.” His music heightens the dramatic story, as the soul confronts the Day of Judgment and emerges in glory; the score shifts from a mighty wall of sound that engulfs the listener, to moments of utterly beautiful simplicity. Hear the Virginia Symphony Orchestra perform this great work for the first time!
Co-presented with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
This production made possible through a generous gift from the Susan Goode Performance Fund.
Supported in part by the Fannie, Milton & Leslie Friedman Family Foundation Classical Music Fund of the Virginia Arts Festival Endowment.
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