Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Esteemed former Principal Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd returns to Boettcher Concert Hall for a program brimming with emotion beginning with Mendelssohn's The Hebrides. Inspired by the composer’s initial viewing of the misty Scottish Isle of Staffa, “Fingal's Cave” features swirling and soaring string lines, beautifully portraying sea waves and the rugged, rural landscape of Scotland. Your Colorado Symphony’s own Principal Flute, Brook Ferguson, takes center stage on Mozart’s elegant Flute Concerto No. 1, overflowing with tantalizing melodies that will highlight the virtuosity of the soloist. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique — a work epic in scale and ambition — requires tremendous forces and uses a recurrent melodic theme that foreshadows the Wagnerian Leitmotif. The composer’s own self-destructive passions are on full display as he takes the audience through the gamut of human emotions in a programmatic finale that is both dramatic and stirring.