Beethoven lived through turbulent times; times of revolution in American and France, and in Mexico and other Spanish colonies in the New World. His music also overturned the rules and boundaries of previous order and created fresh ideas that have influenced the arts ever since. Beethoven has become a symbol of the individual genius pushing limits – the artist-as-rebel.
Yet, just like the rest of us, even Beethoven had his heroes. Whether they offer the powerful appeal of comic-book heroes like Superman or Ironman, our heroes serve a purpose in our society – they give hope and provide examples for success. Our opening concert of the 2018/19 season explores Beethoven not only as a musical hero, himself but also as all-too-human whose hero lets him down.
Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
Piano Concerto No. 5 'The Emperor'
- With soloist Nigel Clayton
Conducted by Gareth John and lead by Jean Fletcher, this is a concert not to be missed!