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Beethoven's Eroica

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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Andreas Delfs, guest conductor

Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair
Matthew McDonald,  bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair


WAGNER Sigfried Idyll
R. STRAUSS Duet-concertino
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55


Wagner’s most popular orchestral work, Siegfried Idyll, is also his most intimate piece. It is tranquil and introspective, a clear reflection of his life with wife, Cosima, and their son, Siegfried for whom the piece is named. RPO Principal Clarinet Kenneth Grant and Principal Bassoon Matthew McDonald join forces in Richard Strauss’s Duet-concertino. Inspired by a fairytale, the concertino was one of the composer’s final pieces. Closing the program is Beethoven’s powerful “Eroica” Symphony. The piece, which represents a turning point in musical history, springs to life from two brusque opening chords and has been described as “the greatest single step made by an individual in the history of the symphony”.


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