Alexander Scriabin’s symphonic poem Prometheus, The Poem of Fire celebrates synesthesia and cosmic unity. Devised by San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Cartier in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent, the San Francisco Symphony and Cartier present a multisensory production of Prometheus. This collaborative world premiere combines dynamic musical and light performance with olfactory curation, subsuming audiences in Scriabin’s creative vision more than a century after the piece of total art was composed.
Prometheus is paired with Béla Bartók’s bloodthirsty fairy tale Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, in which the composer reimagines Bluebeard as a tragic, yet appealing loner. Bartók's music is pure Hungarian: all tangy modal harmonies and skipping, stomping, folk-flavored rhythms.
Lead support for the performances of Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Guest Artists.
Artwork by Sho Shibuya. Photography/Video by Mynxii White.
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Davies Symphony Hall.
The price for tickets to Scriabin's Prometheus & Bartók's Bluebeard starts at $30.
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