University Symphony Orchestra: Tales of Fantasy and Imagination

University Symphony Orchestra

January 28, 2023 | 8:00PM
Mandel Hall

Tales of Fantasy and Imagination 

The USO’s midwinter concert evokes colorful images of exotic lands and fairy-tale adventures with two brilliantly orchestrated works. Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s dream-influenced poem of 1816, was originally written in 1912 for solo piano but recast for large orchestra in 1916. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s well-known Scheherazade, a four-movement symphonic suite based on the literary collection One Thousand and One Nights, was crafted in 1888 and remains his most popular work. Its lush and radiant score represents the quintessence of 19th –century Orientalism, particularly popular amongst the Russian nationalist composers known as “The Mighty Five.” Camille Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila rounds out the program.

Free admission. No tickets required. 
Donations requested at the door: $10 general, $5 students/children


This concert will be livestreamed below and on our YouTube channel. 

View the concert program