After seeing Irish actress Harriet Smithson in a Shakespeare play, Berlioz became consumed with writing his Symphonie Fantastique. He was so passionate about the piece that he wrote his own program notes, so the audience understood the story clearly. Phillip Huscher, in his program notes for the piece for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, said, “At the premiere, Berlioz himself was on stage—playing in the percussion section, as he often liked to do—to witness the audience cheering and stomping in excitement at the end.
The CSO and Chorus rehearse Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances in an Open Rehearsal.
Guest Artist Frank Almond joins us for lunch to discuss his preparation for performing Bernstein’s Serenade on the CSO’s April 26, 2018 Symphonie Fantastique concert.
Program Notes coming soon!
Listening section coming soon!