Vallejo Festival Orchestra
The Glory & Grandeur of Beethoven
Saturday, March 2, 2024
at 7:30 in the evening
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven is known everywhere for its emotional depth and intensity, as it dramatically expresses both exuberant joy and profound sorrow. His compositions are filled with intense emotions that immediately resonate with listeners.
The Glory & Grandeur of Beethoven features the magnificent Vallejo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Grammy award-winner Thomas Conlin, in a program of trailblazing masterpieces. Three great dramatic overtures, Egmont, Coriolan, and Prometheus, set the stage for Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No.3, Eroica (“heroic”).
For nearly two centuries, Beethoven’s music has continued to speak to the universal human experience, captivating audiences around the world and making him an enduring figure in the world of classical music. Hear for yourself why so many lovers of classical music consider Beethoven the greatest composer ever.
Beethoven’s compositions typically explore universal themes such as love, heroism, despair, and exultation. His music is particularly relevant for the solace it offers in these very turbulent times. Beethoven’s life and music have great historical significance, as he lived during a time of political and social upheaval in Europe, much like what we are experiencing today. His personal struggles, including his battle with deafness, add depth to his story, making his music even more powerful and inspiring.
One of the joys of living in the Bay Area is the riches offered by local and regional music organizations, a testament to the depth and breadth of musical talent here. On March 11, the Vallejo Festival Orchestra, under the leadership of Thomas Conlin, added to these joys with an all-Jean Sibelius program called “Music From the Land of Midnight Sun.”
Lisa Hirsch on March 14, 2023
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