Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony

It wouldn’t be summer in Houston without the Houston Symphony’s wonderful — and free — programming at Miller Outdoor Theatre through the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights series. Friday’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) will show off the composer’s little-known flair for the dramatic. Hailed as the birth of the Romantic era, it was originally inspired by Napoleon. “When it was first performed, it was nothing short of a transformation in classical music,” says Associate Conductor Robert Franz. “The first movement starts off with two notes that can be explained as explosions. The second movement is a funeral march, but it reminds me of one of those New Orleans marches that are heartfelt and passionate. Then the last two are themes written as a piano piece and expanded.”

8:30 p.m. Friday. 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 832-487-7102 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.

[Organizer's Description:]

When Beethoven learned that Napoleon had crowned himself emperor, he tore up the title page of the symphony he had written for the French general—but he didn’t tear up the music. Houston favorite Robert Franz conducts Beethoven’s thrilling Eroica, the “heroic” symphony that sparked a musical revolution. Sphinx Competition winner Annelle Gregory also performs Barber’s lushly melodic Violin Concerto, and in a nod to Canada’s sesquicentennial the program opens with a charming work by British-Canadian composer Healey Willan.
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