Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
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, with two magnificent guest artists – Kojiro Umezaki (of the Silk Road Ensemble) and Masayo Ishigure! 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 Friday and Sunday. A naturalization ceremony, where 11 Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place prior to the concert on Saturday, October 7 at 6:30 pm (open to ticket holders). Information on this ceremony will be announced soon.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Otto Klemperer’s classic recordings of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and his Egmont Overture with the Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI/WARNER) from the late 1950’s have withstood the test of time. These are conceptions hewn from granite: tough-minded, majestic, and infinitely imposing. Although slow by today’s performance standards, they have a projection and sense of momentum that are unforgettable.