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“Escape to New Realms” – Signature Concert 2

November 5 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s dramatic tone poem Isle of the Dead was inspired by Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin’s painting of the same name.

Living American composer Stacy Garrop’s impassioned Battle for the Ballot commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

The evening concludes with the power and magic of Igor Stravinsky’s dramatic Firebird Suite.


Saturday, November 5, 2022
7:30 PM
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30


Lincoln Center Main Stage
417 W. Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521


$25-67 adult, $10 student/child.
Available August 17
at LCTix.com

This concert is also available for Livestream.

SC2 Escape to New Realms

What’s interesting about this concert:

The “Infernal Dance” in the Firebird Suite is one of the fastest, loudest, and most exciting pieces of classical music ever written. (you may hear an audience member scream when we play the first note!). It depicts the minions of Koschei the Immortal, bewitched by the firebird, dancing until they die of exhaustion.

Stacy Garrop’s The Battle for the Ballot celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women’s suffrage. To introduce the piece, Garrop says, “The Battle for the Ballot features the voices of seven Suffragists…I excerpted lines from their speeches and writings, then interwove these lines together to form a single narrative that follows their reasoning for fighting so hard for the right to vote.”

In Isle of the Dead, Rachmaninoff quotes the Gregorian Chant Dies Irae, or “Day of Wrath.” You may recognize this music from the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” The Dies Irae melody is used by composers to represent death, witches, the devil, and other terrifying figures. Read more about the Dies Irae on Wikipedia.

On this concert:

Samuel Barber – Overture to the School for Scandal

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Isle of the Dead

Stacy Garrop – The Battle for the Ballot

Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Spotify Playlist:

Join us for:

Composer Talk:

Join CSU professor Dr. K. Dawn Grapes on the Wednesday prior to most Signature concerts for an entertaining and informative lecture about the upcoming featured composers. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony.

Wednesday, November 2
12 noon, at the Old Town Library

Open Rehearsal:

Learn firsthand what it takes for an orchestra to bring live music to the stage. Houselights remain on during this comfortable preview of each upcoming Signature concert. The rehearsal closes to the public at 8:30 p.m. intermission. Sponsored by Bank of Colorado.

Thursday, November 3
7:00 PM, at the Lincoln Center

Maestro’s Musings:

Prior to each Signature concert, join Maestro Wes Kenney for his musings on what you are about to hear.

Saturday, November 5
6:30 PM, at the Lincoln Center
Included with ticket purchase


Dr. David and Alison Dennis

Dr. Ed Siegel

Dr. Peter Springberg and Janet Kowall

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The Lyric Cinema
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Tickets are available August 17th

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