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El Pomar Foundation Masterworks
Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
Preconcert lectures begin one hour prior to performances
Josep Caballé-Domenech conductor
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 7
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (selected scenes)
Act One – The Garden of Prince Siegfried’s Castle
In which Prince Siegfried’s hunting expedition has been interrupted by his mother, who insists on arranging a royal ball. Siegfried has come of age, and must choose a bride.
I. Pas de trois, Introduction allegro moderato
Act Three – The Great Hall of Siegfried’s Castle
In which Prince Siegfried encounters a maiden clothed in black. It is Odile, the Black Swan, heartless daughter of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. She tricks and seduces Siegfried, causing him to break his vow to his true beloved, the enchanted Princess Odette.
I. Black Swan Pas de deux, Introduction moderato
Act Two – A Lakeside
In which Prince Siegfried wanders from his hunting party and discovers a flock of swans. He is not aware that the swans are maidens transformed by Von Rothbart, who returns them to human form only at midnight. The Prince falls in love with the Swan Queen, Odette, who informs Prince Siegfried that she can only be freed by selfless and constant love. Deeply in love, the Prince promises to set the Swan Queen free of the vicious spell by marrying her. Watching from the shadows, Van Rothbart is determined to force the Prince to break his vow to the Swan Queen.
II. Allegro moderato
IV. Allegro vivo
V. Allegro, Moderato assai quasi andante