Guest Conductor: Felipe Tristán
Program: BEETHOVEN 250: Artistic Choices
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Symphony No. 3, op.55, E-flat Major (Eroica)
Mexican-born conductor, Felipe Tristán will present two works that illuminate the choices faced by their composers Tchaikovksy wrote two works in the exact same time period: the 1812 Overture and the Serenade for Strings. The overture was undertaken as a commission for a dedication ceremony in Moscow, the other was a labor of love. In the composer’s own words: "The overture will be very loud and noisy, but I wrote it without any warm feelings of love and so, it will probably be of no artistic merit. But the Serenade, on the contrary, I wrote from inner compulsion. This is a piece from the heart, and so, I venture to hope that this work is not without artistic qualities." Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, op.55, E-flat Major is a major transitional work between the Classical and Romantic styles. There is an oft-described controversy regarding the composer’s intended dedication of the work to Napoleon Bonaparte whom Beethoven at one time admired for his democratic values. However, after Bonaparte declared himself emperor, Beethoven’s view changed: "So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, too, he will tread under foot all the rights of Man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!" But Beethoven’s dilemma was also more practical than his disillusionment with a heroic man: he was worried about jeopardizing financing from a royal and so the symphony was ultimately dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz and titled Eroica. Felipe Tristán is Associate Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Director of Education of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. He is also Artistic Director of the International Opera Festival of Morelia.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Expected Run Time is 130 minutes