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Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony: Masterworks

Michael Francis conducts the symphony that changed all symphonies, Beethoven’s monumental Third. No one had heard anything like it before. The work was originally called “Bonaparte” after Napoleon, but a disgruntled Beethoven hastily changed the title to “Eroica,” meaning heroic. Pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a glorious work that breaks free from the oppression of communist rule after the death of Stalin. The program starts with the evocative Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, composed by American John Adams and inspired by President Nixon’s trip to China.

Bonus! For every Masterworks concert, Michael Francis has personally chosen a surprise “mystery piece” to enhance your experience. What will it be this weekend?

Natasha Paremski plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

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Sinfonía Heroica de Beethoven

Michael Francis dirige la sinfonía que cambió todas las sinfonías, la monumental Tercera de Beethoven. Nadie había oído nada parecido antes. La obra se llamó originalmente “Bonaparte” en honor a Napoleón, pero Beethoven, descontento, se apresuró a cambiar el título a “Eroica”, que significa heroico. La pianista Natasha Paremski regresa para interpretar el Concierto para Piano Numero 2 de Shostakovich, una obra gloriosa que se libera de la opresión del régimen comunista tras la muerte de Stalin. El programa comienza con las evocadoras Danzas del Presidente: Foxtrot para Orquesta, compuestas por el estadounidense John Adams e inspiradas en el viaje del presidente Nixon a China.

¡”Prima – Bonus”! Para cada concierto de Masterworks, Michael Francis ha elegido personalmente una “pieza misteriosa” sorpresa para mejorar la experiencia en vivo. ¿Qué será este fin de semana?

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Notes will be posted as they become available.

Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

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