University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Les Illuminations
Sat, Mar 9, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall
Ross, music director
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
- Read biographies of Benjamin Britten and critical commentary of his setting of
- Listen to recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of London,
- Follow along with a score of Britten's song cycle for tenor or soprano and
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
- 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.
- Don't miss a facsimile edition of Mahler's autograph score for the
Seventh Symphony, written in the composer's own hand.
- 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.