RARITAN TWP., NJ – “Flames of Passion” will open the 40th anniversary season of the Hunterdon Symphony.

The selection of works will include dance music from Russia, France, Austria and Mexico. On the program are two suites adapted from ballets, Firebird by Stravinsky and Spartacus by Khachaturian. Also scheduled to be performed is the overture from Prometheus, the only ballet that Beethoven composed, Dance Macabre by Saint Saens, and Danzon No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

Firebird was commissioned for the Ballets Russes in 1910 and the story, which was inspired by Russian fairy tales, combines tales of the Firebird, a magical bird, and the evil magician Koschei. The original 50-minute ballet score was also arranged by the composer in three shorter suites for concert performance, and the version the symphony will perform was arranged in 1919.

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The ballet Spartacus follows the exploits of this gladiator and slave, one of the leaders of a slave uprising against the Romans about 73 BC. Khachaturian composed this ballet in 1954, and it remains one of his best-known works.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Hunterdon Central High School on Route 31, under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kursar.

Ticket prices for the concert are $20 general, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Advance sales are available (cash or check only) at: Califon Book Shop, Bearpaw Leather in Clinton, Teaberry’s Tea Room in Flemington, or Libbybeans Chocolatier or The Book Garden in Frenchtown.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert. For more information or to request accommodation for a disability, visit the website or call 908-995-7977. Hunterdon Musical Arts may also be found on Facebook.

The Hunterdon Musical Arts season will continue on Dec. 15, when the Hunterdon Choral Union and Symphony will perform a selection of works highlighting a British Isles holiday.

The Symphony’s annual Concert for Young People on Feb. 8, 2020, will focus on flight – balloon flight, insect flight, and space flight – and will be followed by the popular “Instrument Petting Zoo.