Houston Symphony presents Scheherazade


Based on the tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights, Scheherezade musically narrates the tale of an exotically beautiful Persian temptress as she tells fantastical stories in hopes of prolonging her life. It is said that King Shahryar had a habit of marrying and beheading his young wives after the first night. It was the clever tactics of Scheherazade that kept the king wanting more, saving her life and eventually making her his queen. Represented by incredibly tender violin candenzas, the music of Rimsky-Korsakov is visually colorful and quite programmatic. 

The concert features principal flutist Aralee Dorough playing the Mozart's joyful Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, KV 314. A staple of the flute repertoire, it is an almost identical copy of the oboe concerto. Although commissioned by Ferdinand De Jean, payment was withheld as it was not deemed an original work. 

Also on the program is Turina's La Oracion del torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer).



Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002


$25 - $116
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