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The Lost Chord: November 15 - Novel Inspirations

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In Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf,” the loner Harry Haller stumbles across a secret door, inscribed “MAGIC THEATER – NOT FOR EVERYBODY – FOR MADMEN ONLY.”  In “The Glass Bead Game,” the game itself, in which scholars strive to achieve perfection through a synthesis of the arts and sciences, is also described as a magic theater.  Explore this common thread in Hesse’s novels, with a concerto for horn and orchestra, “The Glass Bead Game,” by James Beckel, and “Music for a Magic Theater,” by George Rochberg.  Go mad for Hesse, this Sunday at 10 pm.