BLACK

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Black |blak| of the very darkest color; (of the sky or night) completely dark due to nonvisibility of the sun, moon, or stars.

Legend has it that James Joyce's main theme in Ulysses inspired Mick Jagger's lyrics to the hit song Paint It Black. In this production, the full creation by Jagger and Richards plays a haunting role in a world full of desolation and darkness. Only mere hints of the melody can be heard as it works its way to its fullest form in a finale that provides much needed hope and light.

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MALALA

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Philanthropist |fəˈlanTHrəpist| a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others.

Inspired by the true story of Malala Yousafzai, the music of inventive and revolutionary musical artists illustrates the struggles of so many around the world. From her own words, Malala speaks not for herself, but for all girls and boys whose voices cannot be heard. And her voice rises up to shine a bright light on the right to live in peace, to be treated with dignity, to equality of opportunity, and to be educated. "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."

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PYROMANIA

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Pyromania |pīrōˈmānēə| an obsessive desire to set fire to things.

A reimagined Firebird fights fire with fire in this combustible translation of Stravinsky's legendary piece. Works by Rob Smith and Manual de Falla provide further fuel to spark a volatile and passionate finale.

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UNINVITED

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Welcome |ˈwelkəm| (of a guest or new arrival) gladly received. Allowed or invited to do a specified thing.

At many points in history, the meaning of the words inscribed on the Statue Of Liberty have become disregarded or forgotten. A strong reminder fashioned out of the music of Alanis Morissette, Elton John and Harry Nilsson helps restore the significance of: "Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

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SPACE

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Universe |ˈyo͞onəˌvərs| all existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos.

"The stars look very different today." David Bowie's "Space Oddity" supplies the leitmotif in this timely tribute to both the enormity of our ever-changing physical universe and the artistic magnitude of the late (and legendary) rock icon.

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VINCENT

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Impressionist |imˈpreSHənist| a painter, writer, or composer who is an exponent of Impressionism.

Don McLean's beautiful tribute to the reknowned painter Vincent Van Gogh lies at the heart of this piognant homage to the fabled artist who struggled to maintain his sanity in a complex world. Accoording to his younger brother Theo, Vincent's last words were "The sadness will last forever".  

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

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Clash |klaSH| a violent confrontation.

When two Pandora's boxes are opened, two distinct worlds emerge and are set on a collision course that can only be steered by the merciful force of Mother Nature. In this contemporary conflict, a res hapedDvorak masterpiece takes on some other worldly offerings by the likes of Roland Orzibal, George Weiss and Bob Thiele.

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DESTINY

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Inevitable |inˈevitəbəl| certain to happen; unavoidable.

Many believe that only fifty percent of what happens to us in life is controlled by our own self will. The other half is at the mercy of a predetermined path. Classic pieces by Wagner and Shostakovich are used to clarify those blurred lines between personal achievement and fulfillment by way of destiny.

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P5

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Five |fīv| cardinal number; equivalent to the sum of two and three; one more than four, or half of ten.

Five is alive in this multitude of some of the greatest works to ever embrace the number. Paul Desmond's magnum opus "Take Five" factors into an elaborate equation full of classics by Beethoven, Mahler, Bartók, Shostakovich, and more.

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TAO

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Ontology |änˈtäləjē| the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.

The flow of the universe is at stake and the spirited music of Joseph Curiale provides a path to enlightenment. His "Gates of Gold" along with works by Jonathan Elias, Alanis Morissette, and Don Barrett symbolize "the Way" to living in harmony with nature and the simplicity of life.

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK

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Synthesis |ˈsinTHəsis| combination or composition, in particular: the combination of ideas to form a theory.

Imagine if Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" also included John, Paul and Ringo. From "Color and Light" to "Strawberry Fields", the music of these great artists brings to life a musical world yet to be discovered — a place in the park, so to speak, where contrasting themes and motifs compliment each other in bold and artful ways.  

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DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

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Courage |ˈkərij| strength in the face of pain or grief.

The story of Anne Frank is one of hope and determination at the depths of despair. In this stirring presentation, the mesmerizing music of Ezio Bosso accompanies her inspiring words and helps shine a light on her belief that the world was full of good people and it is never too late to start changing the world.

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THE LOST CITY

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Exploration |ˌekspləˈrāSH(ə)n| the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.

In 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham brought international attention to a heavenly Incan city that had been overlooked by Colonial invaders. In this beautiful tribute, Satoshi Yagisawa's elegant composition is a reverent guide through the mysteries of the hidden Sun Temple. 

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INTO THE LIGHT

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Radiance |ˈrādēəns| light as emitted or reflected by something.

The gorgeous music of Whitacre, Bernstein, and Rutter shines in this powerful display of optimism, beauty and reverence. Light and its abundant rays are the central characters and the discovery of what they have to offer is both empowering and triumphant.

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LA BELLE

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Fortitude |ˈfôrdəˌt(y)o͞od| courage in pain or adversity. 

A traditional Cajun folk melody delights in this musical telling of a young girl who bluffs her way to freedom from the bonds of captivity. Frank Ticheli's variations along with his own motif help create a poignant, tender and engaging homage to the customs and traditions of the Acadian ancestry.

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ESCAPE FROM PLATO'S CAVE

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Postulation |ˌpäsCHəˈlāSH(ə)n| a thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.

What if Plato was not just a teacher, or a thinker, or a philosopher? What if the lure of his lectures was stronger and more undeniable than the sounds of the mythological sirens. In this production, Plato plays the captor and freedom from his cerebral hold comes only upon self-discovery and the formation of one's own ideology.

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TWISTED

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Maelstrom |ˈmālˌsträmˈmālˌstrəm| a situation or state of confused movement or turmoil.

Spawned from its sister production "Phantasm", the Jester continues his mayhem in this dramatic display of works by Ginastera and Hill. "Twisted" is fantasy versus reality where supernatural beings come to life in order to tell their stories and justify their existence.

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NEW BEGINNINGS

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Rebirth |rēˈbərTH| the action of reappearing or starting to flourish or increase after a decline; revival.

Sometimes life necessitates change and it challenges us to break the cycle and abandon a known or comfortable pattern. In this production, the music of Eric Whitacre shapes this compelling journey of awakening and renewal where broken molds lead to higher roads.

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LARGER THAN LIFE

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Arduous |ˈärjo͞oəs| involving or requiring strenuous effort.

The old English folk tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" gets reconstructed in this contemporary telling of the boy versus the giant. The classic themes of Berlioz and Persichetti lay the foundation while modern sounds of Eric Whitacre and Bjork Guðmundsdóttir illustrate a futuristic version of the "land high in the sky".

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RED

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Vehemence |ˈvēəməns| the display of strong feeling; passion.

As a spin-off of "Color My World", Red takes the stage alone in this presentation of passionate and fiery pieces by the likes of Sandoval, Williams, Daugherty, and Lecuona. From each vivid chart comes a new identity for the cardinal color until a pragmatic version of Lecuona's "Malagueña" paints its final shade.

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THE FOG

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Epiphany |əˈpifənē| a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being.

Much like Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, a widespread fog is seared with its own theme from Charles Mingus' Children's Hour Of Dream. Throughout the production, the brume forms over cities and harbors, accumulating in grand fashion until it succumbs to the energy of the sun.

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PHANTASM

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Trickster |ˈtrikstər| a person who cheats or deceives people.

The Jester is a symbol of fantasy and imagination. He is a storyteller unrestricted by reality. On this playground, he plays upon the illusory perceptions of mythology and legendary folklore as the madcap music of Camille Saint-Saens inspires him to fully bloom upon a bedrock of power and passion.

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BONNIE AND CLYDE

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Kismet |ˈkizmit, -ˌmet| destiny; fate.

Love can be blind, especially by the power of greed. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet frames this modern spin on the nefarious adventures of two swindlers who eventually push their luck and end up in a fateful meeting with the long arm of the law. 

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PARADIGM

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Embodiment |əmˈbädimənt| a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.

Whether it's Newton's Physics or Einstein's Relativity, shifts in patterns of thinking are commonplace in our global history. In this revolution, stirring themes by Gabriel Yared elicit a world of wonderment and reverie until variations become modifications and a new paradigm is born.

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LAS DANZAS DE LA ROSA

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Token |ˈtōkən| a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling.

A rose, in its simplest form, has been a symbol for many different spiritual and social rituals across the globe. Here it elicts the passion and spirit of Latin cultures through the zesty melodies and fiery rhythms of Marquez, Szabo, and Santana. 

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NEW DAY RISING

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Aurora |əˈrôrəôˈrôrə| a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky.

Rain or shine, our generous Earth offers gifts to us each and every day. In this production, the spirit and energy of rhythm is the motivating force that awakens us to compassion, tolerance and a global gratitude.

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A WOMAN'S WORK

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Quintessence |ˌkwinˈtesəns| the aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character.

"A woman's work is never done" is an old proverb used to emphasize the never ending nature of a mother's responsibilities. This production delves a little deeper by blending beautiful melodies from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush to shine a light on the strength and resilience of all women who grace this earth.

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OUTSIDE THE BACHS

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Genius |ˈjēnyəs| exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.

To showcase the efficiency and brilliance of his counterpoint, harmony and melodic formations, several celebrated motifs of J.S. Bach are reimagined in this contemporary treatment of his most recognizable pieces.

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MAY YOU NEVER WALK ALONE

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Will |wil| the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.

Richard Rodgers' iconic melody guides a lonely traveler through the stormy ways of the world. And although Shostakovich's menacing theme looms large, Mahler's embrace provides the hope in her young heart that she may never walk alone. 

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COLOR MY WORLD

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Concoction |kənˈkäkSH(ə)n| a mixture of various ingredients or elements.

A spectrum of light provides this musical painting derived from a palette of greys, blues, reds, greens and yellows. The colors and their radiant themes blend together to generate a dominant and beautiful achromatic conclusion.

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THE JESTER

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Farce |färs| a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay.

The alluring "Send In The Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim frames this story of a young jester discovering his identity and tripping the lights fantastic along the vaudevillian path of amusement. 

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MIRRORS

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Altruistic |ˌaltro͞oˈistik| showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis is cleverly injected with Garrett and Ballard's Man In The Mirror, made famous by Michael Jackson, to illustrate one character's need to reflect upon his life and make positive changes for his future and the world around him.

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UNCHARTED WATERS

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Delineate |dəˈlinēˌāt| ndicate the exact position of (a border or boundary).

Korngold's The Sea Hawk anchors this adventurous voyage where nautical themes from iconic pop rock anthems are cast together to illustrate the strength, beauty and mighty trials of uncharted waters.

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SACRED DIMENSIONS

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Rumination |ˌro͞oməˈnāSH(ə)n| a deep or considered thought about something.

Life may often generate a need for spiritual renewal. The musical offerings of Haydn, Handel and Rutter inspire a simple, sophisticated and reverent focus on divinity through philosophy and intellectual contemplation. 

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ENCHANTED

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Allure |əˈlo͝or| the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.

The artistic legacy of Richard Wagner is undeniably musical drama. Some of his most mysterious and powerful themes along with comfortless and haunting sounds punctuate the four scenes that comprise this shadowy path to enchantment.

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BEAUTY INSIDE THE BEAST

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Duality |d(y)o͞oˈalədē| an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something.

The familiar story of Beauty and The Beast is stroked with a modern brush in this dynamic interpretation of the fairy tale classic. Depicted as two personas that may simultaneously exist within us all, Franz Liszt's colossal theme from "Totentanz" brings the Beast to life as Linda Perry's "Beautiful" embodies Beauty and its divine strength to free itself.

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THE END OF THE LINE

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Path |paTH| the course or direction in which a person or thing is moving.

The captivating and unprecedented integration of two celebrated classics sets the stage for the lead visual character as she attempts to travel safely from one end of "The Line" to the other. Stravinsky's "The Firebird" delivers the obstacles while Vaughan William's omnipresent "Romanza" portrays the compassionate and encouraging escort.

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REQUIEM

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Finality |fīˈnalədēfəˈnalədē| An action or event that ends something irreversibly.

This production includes a beautifully crafted field rendition of Mozart's Requiem.  The Lacrimosa is at the heart of this ceremonial presentation that culminates in a ritualistic sacrifice at the show's end. The music is relentlessly faithful to the original but willfully possesses a contemporary elegance and sophistication.

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PURE IMAGINATION

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Fascination |ˌfasəˈnāSH(ə)n| the power to fascinate someone; the quality of being fascinating, the state of being fascinated.

The endearing and unforgettable theme from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a ubiquitous guide through the land of make believe in this treasury of wit, charm and vitality.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD

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Cosmos |ˈkäzməsˈkäzˌmōsˈkäzˌmäs| the universe seen as a well-ordered whole.

Holst's The Planets are realigned by Dvorak's New World Symphony in this celestial marriage of two great classics. The resulting musical mélange expels all predictability of these well known pieces and creates many Universal surprises throughout this galactic journey.

 
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AFTER THE FALL

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Reclamation |ˌrekləˈmāSH(ə)n| the process of claiming something back.

Beauty rises out of total devastation in this apocalyptic saga. Set on a stage of futuristic ruins, vivid musical themes stimulate recovery, encourage the spirit, and ultimately motivate the supreme manifestation of a renewed edification.

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THE BENCHMARK

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Prototype |ˈprōdəˌtīp| a first, typical or preliminary model of something from which other forms are developed or copied.

Benjamin Britten's warhorse "The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra" receives a contemporary makeover in this enthusiastic production where Dvorak's unfrequented "Song To The Moon" from the fairy tale opera "Rusalka" blends perfectly as a fresh and imaginative intermission.

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AT THE WATER'S EDGE

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Mother Nature |ˈməT͟Hər ˈnāCHər| nature personified as a creative and controlling force.

Water, the great necessity, inspires all forces in this production of elegant and buoyant music by Ravel, Debussy and Vaughn Williams. The power of drifts, currents and crests are embodied as the voyage to the "Water's Edge" gives rise to turbulence, beauty and imminent regeneration.

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VENOM

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Sinister |ˈsinistər| giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.

A mysterious and vehement musical montage helps portray the epic journey of the fatalistic romance of the Black Widow spider. Timeless and epic selections are unearthed and refashioned giving this production the perfect mix of sophistication, beauty and macabre. 

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THE FINAL FLIGHT

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Heroine |ˈherōən| a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

The story of Amelia Earhart's last journey is explored in this daring and emotional production where David Holsinger's "To Tame The Perilous Skies" anchors a lionhearted display of Amelia's dreams, memories, and courage. Just as her final flight ended in mystery, so goes the musical conclusion leaving all to speculate and wonder.

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UNDER THE DESERT SUN

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Saga |ˈsäɡə| a long story of heroic achievement.

A divine amalgamation of definitive works helps create an epic tour of the Arabian Desert in this vast and sweltering production. Khachaturian's grand Adagio Of Spartacus frames a stunning array of ambitious and majestic selections from Respighi, Rozsa, and Saint-Saens.

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