Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays a little Arabian flair this weekend as they present Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to Indianapolis music. This Indianapolis event offers an exotic taste to patrons of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As their music spills out the front doors of Hilbert Circle Theatre, passerby may very well feel transported to the market streets of Arabia. Tickets to this Indianapolis art event range from $16.00 to $68.00. Performances are at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 29, 8:00 pm on Friday, April 30 and 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 1. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis music event.

Scheherazade is a legendary Persian queen and the teller of the infamous One Thousand and One Nights. This frame story tells the story of a Persian king who would marry a new virgin every day and send yesterday’s wife to be beheaded. He had killed three thousand women in this manner until he met Scheherazade. She schemes with her sister, who asks her to tell a story to while away the long night. As Scheherazade tells her story the king becomes so involved in her story that when dawn breaks and she hasn’t finished, he spares her life for another day.

The next night she finishes her tale and begins a new one, which she doesn’t finish before dawn. This continues for more than a thousand nights, causing the King to fall deeply in love with her. After three sons together and having been made kinder and wiser by her stories, the King spares her life forever and makes her his Queen.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is a Russian composer who composed a symphonic suite based on the story of Scheharazade in 1888. His orchestral work combines two features common to Russian music: dazzlingly colorful orchestrations and an interest in the East, which played a large role in the history of Imperial Russia. The symphonic suite consists of four related movements that form a unified theme. It was written to produce a sensation of fantasy narratives that fascinated the “orientalism” obsessed society.

A Thousand and One Nights was a popular story of the time, told again and again to young children. Audiences of the time would have been very familiar with the intricacies of each story, a main reason Rimsky titled each movement based on thematic headings from the Arabian Nights tales. Though he left them purposefully vague, he does make a few specific reference throughout. Later he did away with these title altogether, hoping that the listener would instead hear his work as Oriental themed symphonic music that evoked a fairytale adventure. He did, however, keep the name Scheherazade as it evoked in everyone’s mind the fairytale wonders of Arabian Nights and the East in general.

Hear Rimsky’s Scheherazade at the Hilbert Circle Theatre off of Monument Circle April 29 through May 1. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will also perform Danza Fantastica by Enrique Soro, Mariel by Osvaldo Golijov and Cello Concert No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saens. Head to Indianapolis downtown for this exciting Indianapolis concert.

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Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheharazade
April 29 through May 1

Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317. 639.4300