Monterey Symphony at Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture
- When: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 2 p.m.
- Where: Performing Arts Center of the Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture (formerly Sherwood Hall), Salinas
- Cost: $15 - $20
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Classical
The legendary Sheherazade penned the exotic 14th-century tales of The Arabian Nights that brought Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba into literature, and also imprinted on a masterful French composer centuries later. Ravel channeled his impression of a magical Arabia into an operatic overture on the mythical storyteller, who keeps her head by telling a new story every night for 1,001 nights to her husband, a fickle king. Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling take on Sheherazade makes instruments into characters, blending 19-century Russian motifs with Eastern sounds. The Monterey Symphony's Arabian Nights program may well draw forth a genie led by the enchanting singer Ekaterina Semenchuk, a Met Opera soloist, who also performs Berlioz's Summer Nights. [SR]
2pm dress rehearsal, 7pm show. Steinbeck Institute of Arts and Culture, 940 N. Main St., Salinas. $15/rehearsal; $20/performance. 646-8511, www.montereysymphony.org.