Hear the story of a King who would spare the life of a beautiful woman for 1,000 nights. The Stamford Symphony will perform the symphonic poem of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade based on The Tales of the Arabian Nights on Saturday March 1st, 8pm and Saturday March 2nd, 3pm at Stamford’s Palace Theatre. “Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is one of the biggest Russian pieces there is and this performance is sure to sweep you away.
Scheherazade, a young woman accomplished in the studies of arts and philosophy volunteers to spend a night with the King who had a reputation of taking a new wife every day and beheading her the morning after they married. Every night, she would weave a tale by reciting a portion of a story without giving away the ending. The King would spare her life in order to hear the end of the story the next evening. The King spared her life for 1,000 nights and ultimately fell in love with her.
In addition, prize winning International Pianist, Jeffrey Kahane will play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Stamford Symphony. Kahane has been praised nationwide for his deep understanding of music and his constant shifts in mood and sound. Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist. Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, Mr. Kahane has given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
There will be special pricing for children and the tickets to Sunday’s concert are free for anyone under the age of 18 with an accompanying adult. Young concertgoers (ages 7-12) are invited to arrive early on Sunday at 2 pm for a fun and free program called MusiKids that will feature soloist, Jeffrey Kahane and prepare the kids for what they can expect and experience at the concert.
Concertgoers are also invited to a Behind the Baton, preconcert at the Palace Theatre to hear Music Director Eckart Preu speak about musical highlights of the pieces, stories about the composers and interesting historical facts. Jeffrey Kahane will also be making an appearance. Behind the Baton is open to all ticketholders and begins one hour pre-concert (7pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday).
For tickets and more information: 203-325-4466 or www.stamfordsymphony.org.