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BPOnDemand | Bizet’s Carmen Suite

This performance replaces Pétrouchka, originally scheduled Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15.

Vaughan Williams’ popular and incandescent treatment of an ethereal 16th-century Renaissance chant is paired with the contemporary reworking of an iconic masterpiece using primarily strings and percussion. Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, created for the Russian composer’s prima ballerina wife, was initially banned in the Soviet Union for disrespecting Bizet’s opera.


JoAnn Falletta, conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
RODION SHCHEDRIN  Carmen Suite (after Georges Bizet)
I. Introduction
II. Dance
III. First Intermezzo
IV. Changing of the Guard
V. Carmen’s Entrance and Habañera
VI. Scene
VII. Second Intermezzo
VIII. Bolero
IX. Torero
X. Torero and Carmen
XI. Adagio
XII. Fortune Telling
XIII. Finale

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May 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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