The ISO post invited me to attend the October 29 Halloween-inspired program featuring “Mussorgsky’s terrifying musical depiction of a witches’ Sabbath,” Dvořák’s symphonic poem about a witch who steals children from their mothers, “and Bartók’s haunting and scandalous Miraculous Mandarin,” adding “Violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi offers us a welcome reprieve with Bernstein’s Serenade, which the composer described as ‘a series of related statements in praise of love.’”

Within the inviting confines of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, four highly atmospheric works set in the recesses of distant epochs sent my imagination roaming ancient landscapes, inhabiting insular dwelling places, and participating in an ancient banquet with a cohort of guests, including a comic playwright, a physician, a tragic poet, and a philosopher building a logical treatise upon the host’s ‘oration in praise of Eros, the god of love.’ 

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