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SKRYABIN: The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4, op. 54
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

A former fellowship conductor of the Aspen Conducting Academy, Scott Terrell returns for a program of sublime beauty. Scryabin earned a cult following in the 1960s and early 1970s, connecting with a counterculture of mysticism and psychedelic drugs. In his 1945 book Nexus, Henry Miller wrote, “Scryabin’s music sounds like I think—sometimes. Has that far-off cosmic itch. Divinely fouled up. All fire and air. . . . It was like a bath of ice; cocaine, and rainbows.” Scryabin wrote a three-hundred-line erotic poem called “Orgiastic Poem,” but later changed it to its more ambiguous title, "The Poem of Ecstasy." He composed the orchestral piece to bring together poetry and music, which he considered the highest art forms. Let this lush music overwhelm your senses—as Scryabin intended it to do. You may even see colors, as Scryabin himself did with sound.

Mozart’s charming and graceful Fourth Violin Concerto, played by this summer’s Violin Competition Winner, will transport you to a more delicate and subtle musical realm. Respighi’s The Pines of Rome sparkles with rich and evocative orchestral colors and effects including a recorded nightingale, one of the first uses of electronic sound in music. The blaring brass in the finale depict a magnificent Roman sunrise.

Experience the overwhelming power of a massive orchestra in this gorgeous program.

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