When a Lexington audience got swept away on a magic carpet ride at a recent concert, it wasn’t by Steppenwolf’s 1968 song based on the Tales of the Arabian Nights. It was, instead, by the Lexington Philharmonic’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” inspired by the literature known to many as Tales from 1001 Nights.
This particular program, “Beyond the Score,” was created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to provide a multimedia approach to various composers’ works, therefore enhancing the concertgoer’s experience with the use of visuals and narration.
In the first half, local actors — Carmen Geraci as Rimsky-Korsakov, and Margo Buchanan as Scheherazade — primed the audience for the delivery of the actual score following intermission.
With this knowledge, the audience discovered that the charm of a clarinet, a bassoon, a harp, a violin or a myriad of other instruments can indeed create an evening of enchantment.
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Actually, a “beyond-the-score” experience is possible at every LPO concert.
Maestro Scott Terrell’s pre-concert lectures that include interaction with guest soloists, orchestra personnel and the audience are key to unlocking your imagination and gaining a greater appreciation for what is about to unfold.
So give your ears a treat by taking these musical mystery tours.