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Masquerade Dreams

  • Twichell Auditorium at the Zimmerli Performance Center 580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC, 29302 United States (map)

Join us for the DEBUT PERFORMANCE of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra!

Close your eyes and dream of a night under the cover of a mysterious ballroom. Each piece dances through the air, skirts rustling and gently stirring you as you sit in a silver reverie. Khachaturian’s theatrical Masquerade Suite offers an exuberant start with subtle notes of tragedy. Written for a play by Mikhail Lermontov, the suite is most known for its famous waltz theme that masks the central conflict of the play with the jubilance and celebration of a masquerade ball. Suddenly, the fantasy is overtaken by the mystical and eerie themes in Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Balmage’s Dream Machine. Then, just as it would in a dream, the tone promptly shifts once more with Copland’s Corral Nocturne evoking peaceful, golden slumbers. From the ballet Rodeo, the piece contains prominent oboe and bassoon parts that float along a soft and sweet melody. The program concludes with the somber and powerful Russian Chorale and Overture by Tchaikovsky. As the Youth Orchestra’s first performance of the year, this program features performances filled with whimsy, intrigue, and elegance.


  • Khachaturian, Masquerade Suite ....... 16 mins

  • Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov, Night on Bald Mountain ....... 12 mins

  • Brian Balmages, Dream Machine ....... 8 mins

  • Copland, Corral Nocturne ....... 5 mins

  • Tchaikovsky, Russian Chorale ....... 8 mins


3:30 PM - Performance

NOTE: programs subject to change;
timings, when given, are approximate.

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.
Seating is General Admission.

Earlier Event: October 23
Foothills Oompah Band
Later Event: November 20
Philharmonic Flutes