More 'sax and violins' expected in Dallas this weekend
New Texas Symphony Orchestra welcomes saxophonist Todd Oxford in Debussy Rhapsodie performance; concert concludes with Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastic.
Premiering 100 years ago and a year after the death of the composer, Rhapsodie pour Orchestre et Saxophone or Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone was originally intended for saxophone and orchestra, but Claude Debussy only wrote the piano score. The orchestration for this now classic symphonic work was actually prepared by Jean Roger-Ducasse in 1919 because Debussy died before being able to complete the work. The piece was originally commissioned by American amateur musician and noted sophrologist, Elsie Hall, to highlight the saxophone as a legitimate musical instrument. Debussy was rather unfamiliar with saxophones before beginning to write this rhapsody. Today the Rapsodie for Orchestra is considered a significant contribution to the saxophone repertoire.
The NTSO Sunday concert also includes a performance of Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and concludes with a performance of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, a musical psychedelic trip because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature. The symphony tells the story of an artist gifted with a lively imagination who falls desperately in love with a woman at first sight. Later, convinced that his love is hopeless and unrequited, he poisons himself with opium. The narcotic plunges him into a heavy sleep accompanied by strange and dark visions.
About the New Texas Symphony Orchestra
Now celebrating its 15th anniversary season, the New Texas Symphony Orchestra is the premier community orchestra of Dallas, providing both performers and audiences inspired opportunities to play and enjoy great symphonic music. The orchestra is led by founder, conductor, and artistic director Dr. Kathryn D. "Cathy" Brown.
Wade Hyde, Executive Director