Master Series ends with start of 6-part Bach concerto

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

April 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.

Though Saturday evening will draw the 39th Master Series presented by the Victoria Symphony to a close, it will be the first of a three-part series.

The performance will take classical music-lovers on a trip through Johann Sebastian Bach's six-part Bradenburg Concerto.

Executive director of Victoria Symphony Michelle Hall, said the organization is pulling some strings to make this series extra special.

"To enhance the experience, we have enlisted a speaker who is an expert in all things baroque," she said.

Dr. Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, will introduce Bach's history and host a discussion about his instrumentation.

"It's going to be a big, fun series," said Darryl One, Victoria Symphony artistic director.

The second performance of the evening includes Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, which Hall said most people might remember from the movie "Sleeping with the Enemy."

It's a love story of a different kind, One said, in that the music tells the story of an artist who meets this woman he later becomes interested in.

"It follows this infatuation all while he is under the influence of drugs - kind of psychedelic symphony," explained One.



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