A Century of Bernstein
SEASON FINALE FANTASTIQUE with BERNSTEIN
Friday and Saturday, June 22-23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Ran Dank, piano
BERNSTEIN The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2) for Piano and Orchestra
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
The Kansas City Symphony 2017-18 season finale will set your heart and soul ablaze with two theatrical masterpieces. In Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a lovesick composer plunges into a deep sleep where he encounters a series of visions involving his beloved, culminating in the stunning “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.” Almost two centuries after its stunning premiere, Symphonie fantastique remains one of concert music’s wildest adventures. Inspired by W.H. Auden’s “fascinating and hair-raising poem,” Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety features a central section where the solo piano emerges as the protagonist (perhaps Bernstein, himself) in this larger-than-life human drama.
Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts