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Road to Night

  • Libby Gardner Concert Hall 1375 Presidents Circle Salt Lake City, UT, 84112 United States (map)

One day, Arnold met Mathilde…

In 1899, Arnold Schoenberg met the love of his life. Three weeks later, he completed one of the most passionate works the musical world has ever seen.

Experience the heartfelt yearning of Transfigured Night and discover the music that influenced this touching love letter— works by Mozart, Brahms, and more.

The romance comes to life through the artistry of a marvelous lineup of musicians, including mezzo-soprano Audrey Adams-McMillan, the Fremont String Quartet (Utah Symphony Principals), and pianist Andrew Staupe.

Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz (Quartet Movement), D. 703
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel (Fantasies on Poems by Richard Dehmel), op. 9
Johannes Brahms: Zwei Gesäng (Two Songs), op. 91
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

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Join us before each concert at 2:30pm to participate in a discussion about the music with Jeff Counts, Vice President of Operations & General Manager of the Utah Symphony. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and increase your enjoyment of the music you'll hear.


About the Music

On October 14, experience the heartfelt yearning of "Transfigured Night" and discover the music that influenced this touching love letter- works by Mozart, Brahms, and more.

Learn more about the music on this program by reading Jeff Counts’ program notes.

Quartettsatz, D. 703
(Quartet Movement)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
composed 1820.
string quartet

Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, op. 9
(Fantasies on Poems by Richard Dehmel)
Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
composed 1898.

I. Stimme des Abends (Voice of the Evening)
II. Waldseligkeit (Forest Bliss)
III. Liebe (Love)
IV. Käferlied (Beetle Song)

Zwei Gesäng, op. 91
(Two Songs)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
composed 1884 (No. 1), 1864 (No. 2).
voice, viola, piano

I. Gestillte Sehnsucht (Satisfied Longing)
II. Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby)

Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
composed 1778.
violin, piano

I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto

Verklärte Nacht
(Transfigured Night)
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
composed 1899. first performance: 18 March 1902, Wiener Musikverein, Vienna. Rosé Quartet with Franz Jelinek, viola; Franz Schmidt, cello.
2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos

Later Event: November 18
Royal Musings