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Tilson Thomas Conducts Symphonie Fantastique

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Dashon Burton, bass

Concert Details

Celebrated conductor Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct one of Berlioz's big hits and a new score of his own.  In his “Fantasy Symphony,” the young Berlioz bared his soul in music — torturing himself with the extreme passion he felt for his beloved. Through visions of dreams, opium-induced nightmares, and tender musical kisses, this masterpiece includes a riveting “March to the Scaffold” you won’t soon forget.

At a Glance
TILSON THOMAS - Meditations on Rilke
BERLIOZ - Symphonie fantastique

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview:
"Anatomy of a Musical Obsession"
with guest speaker Francesca Brittan,
    Case Western Reserve University

Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall

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