Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Spectacular Strauss Tickets
About Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Spectacular Strauss
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and rising stars of the Curtis Opera Theatre kick off the 2023–24 season with a tribute to Richard Strauss. A celebration of the German Romantic composer’s life and legacy, the program features highlights from some of his most popular operas and scales the spectacular heights of his final tone poem, An Alpine Symphony. This breathtaking work depicts a perilous mountain-climbing expedition from the composer’s childhood, capturing the brilliance of a blazing sunrise over the Alps, the wonder of cascading waterfalls, the pastoral sounds of bleating sheep, and the terrifying violence of a raging thunderstorm.
Under the baton of second-year student Micah Gleason, Curtis’s Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow, the evening opens with a dramatic instrumental interpretation of the composer’s “Dance of the Seven Veils” from his harrowing psychodrama Salome. Based on the scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, this one-act masterpiece recounts the Biblical story of a princess who becomes infatuated with the prophet, Jokanaan (John the Baptist). Beneath the iconic scene’s lush chromaticism is a discordant waltz that builds to a feverish frenzy as Salome removes each of her veils in sensuous dance and spirals deeper into madness.