June 11, 2017: Scheherazade, Sorcerer's Apprentice and Youth Competition Winners

Scheherazade, Sorcerer's Apprentice and Youth Competition Winners

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 3PM

2 PM pre-concert discussion

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John Page, music director


Rimsky-Korsakov · Scheherazade
Dukas · Sorcerer's Apprentice
Youth Competition Winners

As the season draws to a close, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra is happy to present two of the most beloved examples of programmatic music in the symphonic repertoire. The first, Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a musical depiction of Goethe's 1797 poem of the same name. The poem tells the story of an apprentice who gets in over his head by casting a spell on a broom to do the mundane water-fetching chore assigned to him by his master. While starting the spell is easy enough, the apprentice quickly realizes that controlling the magic he has unleashed is much more difficult. With a fun and recognizable theme carried by the bassoons, the antics continue to unfold until the sorcerer returns at the end to regain control of the situation.

Next is Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's Scheherazade based on the collection of stories One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights. Each of the four movements is a musical representation of some of the stories Sultana Scheherazade told to the Sultan Schariar in an attempt to entrance and distract the Sultan from executing her. And, after 1,001 nights, she ultimately succeeded and cured his bloodlust. Scheherazade is represented by a solo violin and her unmistakable theme is intricately woven into the work as the orchestra sets a lush scene. Coupled with our concerto and aria contest winners, come enjoy an afternoon of rich musical storytelling.


General: $25
Senior: $22 (65 and over)
Student: $12 (college and under)

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