Classics Series Concert 2 - Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
THE DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
David Amado, conductor
University of Delaware Symphonic Choir's Paul Head, director
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
From David Amado: Beethoven was swept up in the revolutionary zeitgeist—aligning himself particularly fervently with the values that defined the French Revolution. We’ll play his third symphony, the Eroica, first dedicated to Napoleon, then, in a moment of moral clarity, rededicated to the heroic spirit of the revolution. The symphony—longer, more dramatic, more overtly emotive than previous symphonies, totally upended audience expectations, and redefined the genre. Cherubini, also immersed in French Revolutionary values, wrote dozens of works capturing the spirit of the time. His Requiem is one of his finest, and a work Beethoven admired and praised as even greater than Mozart’s Requiem. The University of Delaware’s Schola Cantorum will return to the Grand for this performance.