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Symphonie Fantastique at HERE x La Sirene

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When the New York Times endorses Symphonie Fantastique by calling it “pure, thought-exorcising escapism” and equating it to “acid trips” that bring about “unadulterated joy,” well, we think that just about covers it. Internationally recognized artist and MacArthur Fellow Basil Twist returns to HERE with a revival of his legendary masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique, a boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 work of the same name. As Ben Brantley of the Times pointed out, this isn’t your usual musical performance: yes, there is a virtuosic pianist, but there is also a 1,000-gallon water tank disguised as a puppet stage. Intrigued yet? Good. Let us know what your music-induced acid trip feels like after.

We think French food—specifically goat cheese tarts and giant profiterolles—pairs well with musical transcendance, so head to La Sirène after the show. Somewhat hidden down a side street near the Holland Tunnel, walking in here feels a bit like walking into an undiscovered local bistro. We love the cozy, dim lit ambiance and the promise of classic French flavors.

Symphonie Fantastique at HERE

145 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan

La Sirène

558 Broome Street, Manhattan

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