The Great Falls Symphony warm up this concert with a slow dance for a beautiful princess, then change pace with a lushly romantic piano concerto, and conclude with a love story and a magical fairy bird.

French composer Maurice Ravel imagined a Spanish princess dancing a pavane, a courtly, Renaissance-era dance in Pavane for a Dead Princess. While it’s meant to be played slowly, Ravel didn’t want it to plod, exclaiming that it was “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” not “Dead Pavane for a Princess.” The Pavane is filled with expressive melody and haunting subtlety. There was a nostalgic enthusiasm for Spanish customs and sensibilities at the time, shared by other composers such as Debussy, and also demonstrated in Ravel’s own Bolero.

Tickets available November 5

February 9 | 7:30pm