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University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Les Illuminations

Sat, Mar 9, 2013
8:00PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Photograph of the UMSO in performance.James Ross, music director
Gran Wilson, tenor

The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, joined by lighting and stage designer Doug Fitch, presents an evening of Britten and Mahler as part of the 2012-2013 Music in Mind series. Set to a selection of prose poems by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, Britten's Les Illuminations explores nine of the poems that make up Rimbaud's suite.

Joining the UMSO for a performance of Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations is renowned designer Fitch, known for his multimedia spectacles in symphonic and opera productions with the New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera and Tanglewood.  Also joining the orchestra for Britten's song cycle is new UMD School of Music voice faculty member, tenor Gran Wilson. Completing the evening's program is Gustav Mahler's Seventh Symphony.

Learn more about Britten, Mahler, and the pieces featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library through recordings, scores, biographies, and critical commentary:

Benjamin Britten - Les Illuminations, Op. 18

  • Books - Read biographies of Benjamin Britten and critical commentary of his setting of Les Illuminations.
  • Recordings - Listen to recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of London, and more.
  • Scores - Follow along with a score of Britten's song cycle for tenor or soprano and string orchestra.
  • Poet Arthur Rimbaud - A well-traveled artist and speaker of several European languages, Frenchman Arthur Rimbaud's works explore the imagery inherent in creative use of language. Learn more about this 19th-century pre-surrealist poet through biographies, translations, and Rimbaud's words in the original French.

 Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 7

  • Recordings - Experience Mahler's Seventh Symphony, as performed by the Orchestra sinfonica di Milano, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti and James Levine, and more.
  • Scores - Don't miss a facsimile edition of Mahler's autograph score for the Seventh Symphony, written in the composer's own hand.
  • Books - Explore Mahler's life and works through writings and biographies that chronicle his career as a composer and conductor and his travels throughout Europe and America.