Brenda DeVita as
the Storyteller
James DeVita as
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Due to high demand,
Saturday performance added!
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a subscription concert.
Tickets: $15-$60| View seating and pricing charts.
3 Ways to Buy:
Online | (608) 258-4141 | In person at the Overture Center Box Office (201 State St.)*
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Music Program

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Scheherazade


James DeVita as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Brenda DeVita as the Storyteller

Beyond the Score®

Ever wondered what inspired the creation of a great work of art?
Journey into the heart of the music with Beyond the Score®. With live actors, visual illustrations, and musical examples, this multimedia experience reveals the illuminating stories found "inside" the score. After intermission, concertgoers return with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety.


The captivating music of Scheherazade evokes images and passions with a solo violin representing the intoxicating storyteller, Scheherazade. Based on an ancient Persian legend, Scheherazade staves off her death at the hands of her cruel Sultan husband, by regaling him with stories for 1001 nights until he falls in love with her. Rimsky-Korsakov evokes the moods of her various tales with memorable and haunting melodies.
Once heard. Never forgotten. Scheherazade.
“Seldom has enlightenment proved so entertaining.” —Chicago Tribune

Seating Chart

Group Tickets

Special group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Call the MSO office at (608) 257-3734 for details.

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Read more about the music you'll hear live at the Symphony!
Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®


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