Monterey Symphony at Sunset Center
- When: Monday, February 20, 2012, 8 p.m.
- Where: Sunset Center, Carmel
- Cost: $28 - $78
- 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]
3pm Sun, 8pm Mon. Sunset Center, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. $28-78. 646-8511, www.montereysymphony.org.