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Autumn Romance


Franz Liszt was an early rock star. The Hungarian virtuoso tore it up on the piano, touring extensively across Europe in the mid-19th century. As the story goes, Liszt was so enigmatic on stage that ladies fought like corseted, powdered puppies over his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves, shredding them to pieces.

On Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, you can let Lisztomania overtake you at Boise Philharmonic's Autumn Romance.

The bill features two pieces by Liszt--Concerto No. 1 and Concerto No. 2--as well as Cappriccio Italien by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss' "Don Juan." The 16-minute piece explores the notorious womanizer's steamy life, which the phil's website says can be experienced in the "impetuous, upward-thrusting motive in the violins and later in an unmistakably virile tune given by the four horns in unison." Yeowza. Who knew the symphony could be so risque?