Beethoven 7 and Wagner

Schuster Center

8:00 pm Friday, October 23, 2020

8:00 pm Saturday, October 24, 2020

WAGNER Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act 1 Prelude
ADAMS Absolute Jest 
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
BEO STRING QUARTET
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

You may feel like dancing in the aisles when our Beethoven’s 250th celebration continues with his Seventh Symphony, which fairly whirls with rhythmic drive, vibrant energy, and over-the-top exuberance. Hearing it, Beethoven’s contemporaries asked: Was he drunk? Has he gone mad? Musicologist Ernest Newman wrote of “a divine intoxication of the spirit,” and Wagner called it simply “the apotheosis of the dance itself.” How fitting, then, that this concert starts with Wagner’s splendid Meistersinger prelude, full of pageantry and spectacle.

The genre-pushing Beo String Quartet joins the DPO for John Adams’s absolutely thrilling Absolute Jest, riffing on themes borrowed from scherzo movements of Beethoven symphonies and string quartets.


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