Boise Philharmonic Presents Don Quixote 

Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21

Behzad Ranjbaran might not fight any windmills, but his work does share the bill with Boise Philharmonic's performance of Don Quixote.

Peter Schaaf

Behzad Ranjbaran might not fight any windmills, but his work does share the bill with Boise Philharmonic's performance of Don Quixote.

It's good to see the world through rose-colored glasses--the idiom implies abandoning pessimistic tendencies and enjoying life. But a better saying may be seeing the world through Quixote lenses. The slightly off-balance gentleman from La Mancha sees the world through lenses that are downright fantastical. While Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes' kooky hero comes to a somewhat dismal end, his optimism is still infectious.

So infectious, in fact, that the 17th century novel caught the eye of Richard Strauss in the 19th century, and was adapted into a symphonic poem, which Boise Philharmonic will perform as part of its 50th season Friday, April 20, at College of Idaho's Jewett Auditorium, and Saturday, April 21, at the Morrison Center.

Guest composer Behzad Ranjbaran will be featured, along with Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and, of course, Quixote.

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