A Faust Symphony
Friday, March 10, 2017 - Sunday, March 12, 2017
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Liszt A Faust Symphony
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Eric Ort artistic director
Colin McEnroe author
Lust, power and greed –how far would you go to get what you want? Faust makes a deal with the devil Mephistopheles and trades his soul to find satisfaction that has been unattainable. But when Faust seduces the attractive Gretchen with Mephistopheles’ help, Gretchen’s life is shattered and Faust’s world falls apart – or does it? Hungarian composer Franz Liszt evoked this struggle in his three-part character study A Faust Symphony, inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s iconic play. This new adaptation will bring drama to the HSO stage, infusing Liszt’s character sketches with a series of contemporary monologues brought to life by dynamic actors. Come see, hear and imagine the yearning, scheming, agony, ecstasy – and consequences – of man’s desire to improve his lot.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain each day. Join us for a post-concert Q&A session led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan and A Faust Symphony Artistic Director Eric Ort after each performance!
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Want the best recordings of the pieces you’ll experience on the concert program? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:
Liszt’s rarely performed but historically important A Faust Symphony has never been more compellingly interpreted or beautifully performed than by Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Symphony (DG).