Seasonal Special Happenings

Also sprach Zarathustra

When: Thu., Oct. 8 2015

Between 1971 and 1977, Elvis Presley would arrive on stage to the opening tune of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. The piece has that kind of power. When Richard Strauss led the first performance of it back in 1896, few would have thought that it would have become so popular and yet it’s had staying power. Director Stanley Kubrick even used it in his 2001: A Space Odyssey. Inspired by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the tone poem tackles life’s big questions. Tonight, the Cleveland Orchestra performs the piece at Severance Hall. It will be paired with two works by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. The concert begins at 7:30 and tickets start at $29. The orchestra’s concert at 8 on Saturday, with one of the Messiaen works, adds Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum. (Niesel)

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