Chicago Philharmonic: Scents of Beauty
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Spring is in the air as the Chicago Philharmonic opens with Debussy’s fragrant Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Actress Barbara Robertson performs a dramatic reading of the poem by Mallarme that inspired Debussy’s famous work. Next, pianist Jorge Federico Osorio takes audience members' senses on a stimulating walk through Nights in the Gardens of Spain; the perfumes of orange, jacaranda, pomegranate and Valencia rose abound in this aromatic work by Manuel de Falla. Osorio also performs Maurice Ravel’s sensuous and spicy Concerto for the Left Hand. And if one can smell salt and fish, it is only because we are setting off to explore Claude Debussy’s wildly impressionistic picture of the sea, La mer. Audience members will be transported by scents, colors, and evocative orchestrations that go far beyond our shores.