BSO serves up darker side of classical music

ORONO — Macabre characterizes works by Berlioz, Liszt and Mussorgsky that form the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween-inspired season opener at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

From the movie “Fantasia,” Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” is drawn from a ghoulish Russian legend depicting the witches’ Sabbath on St. John’s Eve.

As the guest musician, acclaimed American pianist William Wolfram will perform Liszt’s demonic “Totentanz” and the “Deathly Classics” concert will close with Berlioz’s epic “Symphonie Fantastique.” The latter revolutionary work follows an artist’s life from young love to disillusioned madness, including the “March to the Scaffold” and “Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath.”

Wolfram, a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano competitions and a bronze medalist at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, has performed with top orchestras across the country and around the world.

Wolfram is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Liszt.

UBS Argosy Wealth Management is sponsoring the guest artist as well as the pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. Concert ticket prices range $19 to $49, with student tickets available for $14. For families, the BSO’s Know Your Orchestra! Voucher Program allows children 18 and under to attend for just $4 and accompanying adults for $14.

To reserve seats, call (800) 622-TIXX or visit

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