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Halloween on Bald Mountain​: Mussorgsky, Liszt, and Stravinsky

October 29–31, 2021


  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021, 7:30 PM

  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021, 7:30 PM

  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021, 2:00 PM


Bass Performance Hall


Composers often explored the mystery and finality of death in their work, and the reaper's specter itself animates this FWSO program of supernatural bon bons. Liszt's "Totentanz," or "Dance of the Dead," invokes the same Gregorian "Dies Irae" chant that now features in so many films focused on mortality. In Stravinsky's Pétrouchka, gloriously colorful orchestrations call a dead puppet's spirit from beyond the grave, and Rimsky-Korsakov resurrected Mussorgsky's now-seminal A Night on Bald Mountain and its music witches sabbath to cause generations of listeners to enjoy a slight shiver.



MUSSORGSKY/Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Bald Mountain

LISZT: Totentanz

STRAVINSKY: Pétrouchka

Featured Artists

Anna Skryleva, conductor

Joyce Yang, piano