For centuries, composers have been fascinated by the exotic wonders of so Spain— so near, yet so different. On May 13, three Russian and French composers bring the joyful life of Spanish rhythms and melodies to our Redlands stage.
We begin with music from Bizet’s smash hit opera Carmen, the story of a young factory worker who falls in love with a celebrity bull-fighter. These tunes have spread from their origins on a Parisian stage to infuse our culture. Whether the seductive lines of our heroine’s Seguidilla or the enthusiastic excitement of the March of the Toreadors, you’ll struggle not to sing along.
Next, we journey to the Spanish countryside, where Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov serve as our tour guides to the rustic charm of Spanish dance and village life.
Ravel takes us to the mysterious grandeur of the Spanish court with the subdued majesty of his Pavane for a Dead Princess. In this evocative dream of centuries past, a young woman makes her first entry into royal society.
What better way to dance our season to a fiery conclusion than Boléro— Ravel’s mesmerizing fantasy of orchestral color? You’ll stand amazed as this simple dance melody grows through kaleidoscopic variations into a fiery frenzy of pure passion.
The catchy tunes from Bizet’s wildly popular opera, including the March of the Toreadors, which will be running through your head for days.
The hypnotic color of Ravel’s dancing Boléro.
The nostalgic beauty of Ravel’s Pavane.
The exotic toe-tapping rhythms of Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish fantasies.
Reserve Your Tickets Before They Are Gone
Join us for Bizet • Rimsky-Korsakov • Ravel and be swept off your feet by the sumptuous melodies of Spain. Tickets start at $15.
2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, harp, strings
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings
2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, 2 harps, celesta, strings
2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, harp, strings
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, celesta, strings