Tickets & Events - Saturday, 11 October 2014

Wentz Concert Hall
Naperville, Illinois
Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 8:00 PM
The opening concert of our 2014-2015 season features Concert Artists Guild Winner Ko-Eun Yi performing Saint-Saëns’ captivating Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” along with other works highlighting the region. Presented in conjunction with the North Central College Office of International Programs.
Sponsor: Savant Capital Management
Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21
Ensemble: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Schubert
Mussorgsky: Persian Dances from Khovantchina
Ensemble: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Schubert
Ranjbaran: Seven Passages from "Persian Trilogy"
Ensemble: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Schubert
"Seven Passages" is a tone poem by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran (born 1955), based on an episode known as the Seven Trials of Rostam from the Shahnameh, a poetic retelling of the mythology and history of Iran by the Persian poet Ferdowsi (940-1020 C.E.). The Shahnameh is considered the national epic of Iran, and it inspired the other two works in Ranjbaran's "Persian Trilogy," "The Seemorgh" and "The Blood of Seyavash." The mighty hero Rostam was a herculean figure, who single-handedly undertook the liberation of the army of Shah Kay Kavus, which had been captured while on an expedition to Mazandaran. Along the way, Rostam carries out seven labours: the slaying of a ferocious lion that attacked Rostam's horse named Rakhsh; surviving a journey through an inhospitable desert through the grace of God; slaying a dragon; overcoming the temptation of a demon disguised as a lovely enchantress; besting the Mazandarani champion Aulad and killing Arzand Div, the demon chief in Mazandaran; freeing the Persian Shah Kay Kavus from demons; and finally, slaying the mighty Div-e-Sepid, the White Demon, whose blood he used to restore the eyesight of the Shah.

A link to a YouTube recording of the piece can be accessed from the "Listen & Watch" section of the DSO website.
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 103 "Egyptian"
Artist: Ko-Eun Yi (Piano)
Ensemble: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Schubert
Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah
Ensemble: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Barbara Schubert
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