BRATTLEBORO >> The Windham Orchestra is in a fantastical, ambitious, Hallowe'en mood this fall! In their first concert of their 46th season, the orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, presents "Fall Fantastique." Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, is vivid and exhilarating, a gripping imaginative drama that inhabits a world encompassing horror genre, novelty and masterpiece. First performance takes place at the Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd., Putney on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the second performance takes place at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.
Highlights include an exquisite and breathtaking opening dream sequence, all delicacy, allusion and mystery; the ravishing elegance of the ball scene; soft menacing thunder in the distance played by four timpanists (!); the ghastly slice of the guillotine; and the wild distortions and cackling irreverence of the final witches' dance.
Beethoven's piano sonata opus 106 'for the Hammerklavier' is a colossus for the piano, and for the pianist. Many commentators refer to the intrinsic orchestral quality of the piano writing. Few have dared orchestrate it, and one Brattleboro resident boldly has. Orchestrations by Hugh Keelan of two of the movements will be performed, the Scherzo and final Introduction and Fugue. The piano is completely eliminated, all sounds now belong to orchestral soloists in counterpoint, or to a massive orchestral texture.
The Orchestra invites the audience to name their ticket price, choosing from $5 to $50 for admission. To purchase tickets go online at bmcvt.org. or call the BMC at 802-257-4523.
For more information about the Orchestra visit windhamorchestra.org.
"Fall Fantastique" has been selected by the Vermont Arts Council as a featured event for the Vermont Arts 2015.