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The New York Phil in August takes us to the ballet by Paul Dukas, La Péri (Sun 8/14 @ 3pm)

Costume sketches for Dukas' ballet La Peri
Leon Bakst: Sketch for Iskender and La Péri (1911)

The idea of the Péri comes from Persian mythology, where they are exquisite, winged beings known for their beauty. Dukas referred to La Péri as a ‘poème dansé’, which is a curious distinction for a work that was intended to be a ballet from the beginning. Dukas was a firm believer in the interdisciplinary function of poetry, music and drama or dance.

8/7 Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Haydn: Mass Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Judith Blegen, s; Frederica Von Stade, ms; Kenneth Riegel, t; Simon Estes, bs; Westminster Choir; Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; Leonard Bernstein and Giuseppe Sinopoli, cond)

8/14 Dukas: La Péri Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Roussel: Symphony No. 3 Ravel: Mother Goose (Leonard Bernstein, p & cond; Pierre Boulez, cond)

8/21 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Classical Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Beethoven: Mass in D, Missa solemnis (Nathan Milstein, v; Christine Brewer, s; Florence Quivar, ms; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, t; Peter Rose, bs; Glenn Dicterow, v; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; American Boychoir, James Litton, dir; Leonard Bernstein and Bruno Walter, cond)

8/28 Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo, Strings, and Cembalo Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler Mozart:   Bassoon Concerto Paine: Symphony No. 2, In Spring (Mindy Kaufmann, pic; Judith LeClair, bn; Christopher Hogwood, Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta, cond)