A Luscious Halloween Event
Dance. Music. Film, And Terror.
San Diego, CA (October 14, 2011) – Members of the San Diego Symphony have pulled a few strings for a special Pre-Halloween dinner show with some rather unexpected characters. Tweedledee & Tweedledum will dress the stage with a bit of live ballet while Nosferatu, Giselle, and Orson Welles will do what they do best – work their screen magic. The evening begins with the San Diego Trombone Collective, to perform Edvarg Grieg’s “Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak” followed by the Luscious Noise Ensemble who will perform Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” based on eighteenth century dance forms.
The luscious music continues with…
Franz Schreker’s “Intermezzo” and the Busoni Quartet who will perform excerpts from the 8th String Quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Johan Halvorsen’s duet “Passacaglia” for violin and bass – based on a theme of Handel. Originally written for violin and viola, this piece is one of the Norwegian composers best known works.
Also on stage – a bit of live dance…
Whimsy meets fantasy with “Tweedledee & Tweedledum” as fancers of the California Ballet – Rebecca Correia, Milana del Rio Tucker, and Leila Mardoum, perform an excerpt from Charles Bennett’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
On the Screen…
From the 1968 American Ballet Theatre (ABT) film production with Carla Fracci and Erik Bruhn, tragedy runs rampant as evil female spirits of the forest (wilis) dance to the music of Adophe Adam as they taunt the ghost of “Giselle.”
An excerpt of “Nosferatu” will hypnotize during a bone chilling scene with live string music by Paul Hindemith. The 1922 silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” stars Max Schreck as Count Orlok.
Orson Welles adds a touch of film noir with his 1958 classic “Touch of Evil” starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich.
In Luscious News…
Next month, conductor John Stubbs travels to Nagoya, Japan to guest conduct the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra for the Ochi International Ballet’s “La Bayadere.”