It's been a pretty hot summer, and it doesn't look like it will be cooling down anytime soon. However, since neither whining nor becoming actively green are going to change the climate by this weekend, one might as well celebrate the heat in style by attending Pacific Symphony's "Bolero and Hot Latin Nights" program at the recently rechristened Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
Promotional Image from the film El Amor Brujo
For the first half of the sensually charged program, Pacific Symphony's music director Carl St. Clair will conduct his orchestra in performances of several Spanish-themed pieces. First is Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, which is a five movement orchestral piece based on Spanish folk melodies. Next is Ritual Fire Dance from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo. This ballet piece is based on a traditional Spanish story involving a woman who jumps through fire in order to lure the restless spirit of her dead husband to follow her and perish in the flames. Rounding out the first half of the program are excerpts from Georges Bizet's Carmen, featuring the quintessential flirtatious aria "Habanera" (mezzo-soprano Milena Kitić will be singing).More »