Haunted Hearts

Haunted Hearts

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 3 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph St, Chicago

C.P.E. Bach Symphony No. 5
Piazzolla
Oblivion
Nyman
Concerto for Amplified Harpsichord and Strings
Herrmann
Suite from Psycho
Woolf
My Insect Bride
J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Scott Speck conductor
Jory Vinikour harpsichord
Marie Tachouet flute
David Perry violin

Tim Hopper of Steppenwolf Theatre narrator
Mysterion theremin (a.k.a. violin virtuoso Robert Hanford!):  NEXT! Foyer Music

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Celebrate Halloween 2016 with bittersweet past loves, torrid affairs, nightmarish scenes, or just the bug that got away as you join the Chicago Philharmonic at the Harris Theater for an electric afternoon of music guaranteed to make your heart race. Read more

Heart-Stopping Music
C.P.E. Bach’s Symphony no. 5 sets the tone with a devilishly difficult showpiece for the Chicago Phil’s strings. This is Sturm und Drang music at its best: careening runs and shocking, even disturbing, use of harmony. Piazzolla’s Oblivion is a true tango in the most heart-breaking way. It’s an expression of unfulfilled longing that will leave you breathless. Virtuoso harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs the visceral rhythms of the tango in Michael Nyman’s 1995 minimalistic tour-de-force, Concerto for Amplified Harpsichord and Strings. Then, master film composer Bernard Herrmann takes the seemingly benign underscoring of a car ride and transports us into the mind of a woman attempting to escape her own personal demons. This sense of impending doom arrives with the cataclysmic screams of the strings in his famous shower scene from Psycho: terror, with no accompanying film needed. My Insect Bride is not just a love song for an insect; it’s also an evocative tonal soundscape for the audience.

Bach’s Brandenburg No. 5 again features our stunning harpsichord soloist, Jory Vinikour, along with violinist David Perry and flutist Marie Tachouet. Mr. Vinikour performs one of the most treacherous cadenzas ever written, in one of the best-loved concertos for strings and harpsichord. An evening filled with drama and scary soundscapes ends joyously, reminding us it’s all in good fun after all!

Halloween Fun
Come early to hear theremin player Mysterion perform in the lobby.  During the concert, special guest Tim Hopper of Steppenwolf Theatre (you may recognize him from School of Rock and Vanilla Sky) will send an eerie chord through the afternoon’s proceedings as he reads the chilling short story “The Fly,” selections from Psycho, and from Luigi Pirandello’s study of madness, Henry IV.

Come in costume if you dare!

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The Chicago Philharmonic is a proud resident company of the Harris Theater.

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The Chicago Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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Photography by Elliot Mandel and Hermman Rosso