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Cellist Soo Bae and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” wrap up Tacoma Symphony season

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
April 20, 2010 1:49 pm


Cellist Soo Bae. Photo courtesy Tacoma Symphony.

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of the 2009/10 concert season already, but the last subscription concert for the Tacoma Symphony season is this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday night the Pantages will fill with the lush symphonic sounds of Dvorak, Berlioz and Michael Daugherty, together with those of rising cello soloist Soo Bae.

The program’s a hefty one. Daugherty’s an American composer whose Elvis tribute was played by the Northwest Sinfonietta last fall; the TSO will play the slapstick “Oh, Lois!” section of his Superman-inspired “Metropolis Symphony.” Up-and-coming Korean-Canadian cellist Soo Bae, called “superb” by The New Yorker, will play the über-romantic Dvorák cello concerto.

But it’s Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” that’ll really get the orchestra going. Composed in an opium dream (or nightmare,) the five-movement symphony features a huge orchestra, lush harmonies and two of classical music’s most Halloween-ish movements – the shrieking, romping “March to the Scaffold” and “Witches’ Sabbath.” As Leonard Bernstein is said to have described it: “You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”

The Tacoma Symphony plays “Fantastique Finale” at 7:30 p.m. April 24. Tickets $12-$62. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

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