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Arabian Nights (KUSC)

Arabian Nights (KUSC)

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello
Pacific Symphony

Brian Lauritzen, host 

BERNSTEIN: Slava! A Political Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 1

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Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Inspired by the legendary folk stories of “A Thousand and One Nights, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Also featured are Bernstein’s “Slava!” and Shostakovich’s high voltage Cello Concerto No. 1 — both written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

FREE tickets to this performance are available for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. Call (714) 755-5799 to reserve your seats. (Please present a government-issued ID when picking up the tickets on the night of the concert.)

Classical KUSC @ Pacific Symphony

This performance is part of the new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony and will be hosted by KUSC radio personality Brian Lauritzen. Be sure to pick the Friday night concert when purchasing your tickets.

Pre-Concert Entertainment in the Lobby at 7:30 p.m.
Come early to hear the Taak Ensemble, a classical Middle Eastern ensemble featuring Niloufar Shiri on kamancheh, Mahtab Nadalian on santoor, Arian Khoroushi on percussion, and Hesam Abedini on percussion/vocals. Experience authentic music of the region Rimsky-Korsakov was trying to capture in "Scheherazade." 

Post-Concert Afterparty
Linger afterwards in the lobby, where the Taak Ensemble will once again perform and orchestra musicians, KUSC host Brian Lauritzen and Music Director Carl St.Clair will mingle with the audience. 


Listen to THIS: Dennis Kim on "Scheherazade"

Program Notes

Learn more about the music and the artists in the program notes.


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