Hear the story of Scheherazade and her tales from “The Thousand and One Nights” (the “Arabian Nights”) at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Soundtracks event featuring local, professional storyteller Maria LoBiondo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, the free event is designed to be of interest to adult audiences and takes place in the library’s Community Room. There will be a brief question and answer period following the presentation.
“The Thousand and One Nights” caused a sensation when first translated for Western audiences by the 19th century explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton. It centers on the story of a brave royal bride who seeks to tame the violent impulses of her husband and king through imaginative storytelling.
The collection of tales and its heroine captivated Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and inspired him to compose his famous orchestral suite “Scheherazade.”
This Soundtracks talk is given in advance of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra “Scheherazade” concert. Tickets to the Jan. 18 and 19 performances are available via princetonsymphony.org.