Approximate running time: 2 hours
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Saturday, October 1, 2022
8PM - Hill Auditorium
Earl Lee, conductor
Timothy McAllister, saxophone
An orchestral masterpiece that created a furor of controversy at its premiere, Berlioz’s “Fantastic Symphony” runs the psychedelic gamut from intrigue and infatuation to obsession and eventual (opium-laced) hallucinations. A nod to Berlioz’s own ill-fated amorous pursuit of actress Harriet Smithson, the gripping use of orchestration and imaginative programmatic effects elevate this work to the defining pantheon of the 19th century Romantic movement.
Continuously in demand as soloist, recording artist, pedagogue and collaborator, saxophonist Timothy McAllister is one of the leading instrumentalists of his generation. Starring in Jorge Muñiz’s high-spirited Motown Dreams, McAllister’s golden sound paints a picture of a funk-infused Detroit soundscape, as we take a tour of three movements titled after classic automobile muscle: 1964 Ford Mustang, 1970 Pontiac GTO, and finally 1973 Chevrolet Corvette. Joining Muñiz on the program is William Grant Still’s Romance for Saxophone and Orchestra, a work by a prolific and highly respected member of the so-called Harlem Renaissance and the most widely-performed black composer of his day.
Muñiz Motown Dreams
Belioz Symphonie Fantastique
Artists & Repertoire Subject to Change.