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"A Whole New World of Music": Berlioz' "Fantastique"

March 27th, 2021 at 2:00PM | Benaroya Hall

The musical world was still recovering from the revolutionary compositions of Beethoven when Hector Berlioz unleashed his Symphonie fantastique in 1830; the work exploded all previous notions of form, sonority and content, and to this day retains its ability to shock, thrill and galvanize audiences. An exquisite miniature for strings, Martin by Frances Walton, opens the program — a memorial tribute by one great local musician to another (the violinist and educator Martin Friedmann). The radiant soprano Allison Pohl (winner of the Philharmonic’s Don Bushell Competition) will be heard in a selection of songs by Richard Strauss.

WALTON Martin (Andante for Strings)
STRAUSS Six Songs
Allison Pohl, Soprano
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

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Allison Pohl

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