February 13 – Little Secrets

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35: I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
Rimsky-Korsakov’s fascination with Eastern culture is seen in this piece, inspired by a story about an evil Sultan who vows to kill each of his wives after the first night of the wedding. This piece is the musical story of one wife who escaped her fate by telling the Sultan a riveting story that ended on a cliffhanger each night—for 1,001 nights in a row! Finally, on the last night, the Sultan gives up his horrible plan altogether and lets his wife live.

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