Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique: Music History with Professor Jeffrey Engel

October 30, 2015

berliozPassionate love. Opium induced hallucinations. Murder and execution by guillotine. A witches’ Sabbath and general mayhem. Elements of a gothic novel or a horror film? No. They are all part of a musical nightmare for a 130 piece symphony orchestra. And, there is a sequel too! Just in time for Halloween, or anytime you’re in the mood to listen to classical music with a better understanding of the story behind the music.

Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, is a music historian and orchestral cellist who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Connecticut by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

Friday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Essex Library. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please call (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.