Music from "Psycho"
Three Hallucinations from "Altered States"
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 pm
NDSU FESTIVAL CONCERT HALL
ALTERED STATES - The Concert Experience
Music can add incredible emotion and drama to a film - or take you on a mental trip all on its own. Who can forget the jagged violin accompaniment to the infamous "shower scene" in Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho? Now you can hear more than just those dramatic shrieks in a suite of the film's score arranged for the concert hall by the composer, Bernard Hermann.
John Corigliano's music for the Paddy Chayefsky 1980 film Altered States was nominated for an Academy Award, brilliantly capturing what actor William Hurt (as psychologist and experimentor Dr. Edward Jessup) was experiencing during his repeated trips into a sensory deprivation flotation tank throughout the intriguing and groundbreaking film.
But perhaps the grandaddy of all composers inspired by "altered states" was Frenchman Hector Berlioz in the early 1800s. His "Symphonie Fantastique" is subtitled An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts, and tells the story of an artist who has poisoned himself with opium in the depths of despair because of unrequited love. As the great Leonard Bernstein described the piece,
"Pretty spooky stuff. And it's spooky because those sounds you're hearing come from the first psychedelic symphony in history, the first musical description ever made of a trip, written one hundred thirty odd years before the Beatles, way back in 1830 by the brilliant French composer Hector Berlioz. He called it Symphonie Fantastique, or "fantastic symphony," and fantastic it is, in every sense of the word, including psychedelic."
Come experience an entertaining and thoroughly fascinating musical "trip" with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony as we open our 2017-18 concert season!
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