Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven : Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Kanno : Revive, Concerto for Koto and Shakuhachi
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Carolyn Kuan, Conductor
Masayo Ishigure, koto
Kojiro Umezaki , shakuhachi

The HSO kicks off the 2017-2018 season with a captivating program featuring one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works! Beethoven’s “Eroica” is a journey of emotional extremes. This heroic and mighty symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but when Napoleon declared himself an emperor, the composer was so enraged he changed the dedication. Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont was written as a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Goethe, who declared that Beethoven had expressed his intentions with “a remarkable genius.” And Yugo Kanno’s Revive spotlights two Japanese instruments unique to an orchestral concert – the shakuhachi, an end-blown flute, and the koto, a traditional stringed instrument.

Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain each day.

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