“Symphonie Fantastique”

Hector Berlioz and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson
Composer Hector Berlioz and AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson.

My calendar’s full, but if you’re thinking about making those first baby-steps into — ahem — culture, may I recommend Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, which the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight and tomorrow at Roy Thomson Hall, with super-maestro Charles Dutoit conducting. I think it’s pretty accessible: after all, it’s all about trying to impress a chick with your music, lust, obsession, orgies, drugs, devil-worship and a big-ass bell — dude, it’s AC/DC, if they’d formed a band 150 years earlier!*

(* It could also be a loose summary of my social life — or a very accurate summary of Robert Downey, Jr.’s — from ages 27 to 37.)


2 replies on ““Symphonie Fantastique””

I just heard the San Francisco Symphony perform this (about 2 months ago) and it rocked my world. Absolutely incredible piece of music.

the classical music world is FULL of rock ‘n roll lifestyle stories – take a dip into the worlds of Frederic Chopin or Franz Liszt – women used to leave home and follow them from country to country on their tours.

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