Maria LoBiondo, Storyteller

Maria LoBiondo, Storyteller

Soundtracks Talk:

Scheherazade and tales from The Thousand and One Nights

Princeton Public Library


The exotic tales in The Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, caused a sensation when first translated for Western audiences—and captivated composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The collection inspired him to compose his famous work Scheherazade, conjuring the spellbinder whose tales of adventure, heartbreak, and romance beguiled a vengeful king into sparing her life and the lives of her imaginary kingdom’s women. Storyteller Maria LoBiondo, in a program designed to be of interest to adult audiences, will present selections from those legendary tales as a preview for Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece.

Maria LoBiondo, a writer, editor, and spellbinding storyteller, brings multicultural folk and fairy tales to festivals, schools, libraries, and churches. She believes stories create a world of their own, “one that my listeners and I invent together in a particular moment, connecting us to each other and to the generations before us who have enjoyed these tales over and over.”

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PSO Soundtracks is presented in partnership with Princeton Public Library. The series is sponsored in the 2019-20 season by VelocIT.


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