Symphonie Fantastique

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The Mrs. Dorothy Dyer Vanek Classic Series

Perry So, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin

Ravel: Menuet Antique
Torke: Sky, Concerto for Violin  TSO Premiere, Co-Commissioned by TSO
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

  • Perry So was an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • Leonard Bernstein called Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature.
  • Budding classical music superstar Tessa Lark is also a highly acclaimed fiddler and this concerto, written especially for her, features music from Irish reels to American Bluegrass.
  • The New York Times has called Torke “the Ravel of his generation” and his music is “some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years.”

“Just as when one looks up and sees the open expanse of the sky, I felt an openness when writing this piece, a renewed freshness to putting notes together.”

– Michael Torke

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