Concert 2

Daydreams and Nightmares

November 17 – 1st Plymouth Congregational Church

November 18 – Augustana Lutheran Church


Johanna Bloom, Interactive Artist


  • Arlette Aslanian-Townsend, Violin
  • Tamara Maddaford, Flute
  • Johanna Burian, Horn


  • Glazunov: Reverie
  • Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
  • Debussy: Prelude – Afternoon of a Faun
  • Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
  • Dvorák: Noon Witch
  • Honegger: Pastorale d’ete









Johanna Bloom, Interactive Artist

Tell us your reactions to the music, and Johanna will create your ideas right before your eyes while the music plays!

Anything can happen. 






It’s truly the stuff dreams are made of. Stratus brings you some dreamy and kooky selections for this second concert in our 20th Anniversary Dream Season.

Reverie by Alexander Glazunov gets us started with a daydream, sung by the mournful Horn, played by Principal Horn Noelle Limbird. Our first turn to the dark side comes from Alfred Hitchcock, who turned Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette into the theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents. We’ll play the original.


The dreamy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy has been one of our favorites, and features Principal Flute Tamara Maddaford. Our Concertmaster Arlette Townsend steps into the spotlight, to tap out the devil’s beat and play the famous Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns.


And then, the real nightmare: There is an old Czechoslovakian story about a woman whose little girl was a brat. The woman told the girl the Noonday Witch would come and terrorize her if she didn’t behave. But it was too bad for the woman when the witch actually showed up. The father came home, found his wife fainted on the floor, with her little girl dead in her arms. Antonin Dvorak captures this nightmarish tale in his tone poem, The Noonday Witch.

We conclude this collection of somnambulist sojourns with another dreamy work, this time by Arthur Honegger. The Pastorale d’ete brings us back to a lovely place in our dreams.