Beethoven’s Birthday Bash: Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony
Musical legends abound! Celebrate Rossini’s portrayal of a daring Swiss archer who shot an apple from his son’s head; Beethoven’s illustration of the ideal hero; and a new work commissioned for beloved hometown musician.
XIAN ZHANG conductor
ROBERT WAGNER bassoon
ROSSINI Overture to Guillaume Tell
Not just a curtain-raiser, the overture to Rossini’s 39th (!) and final opera, William Tell, is a full symphony in miniature.
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Bassoon Concerto (East-Coast Premiere and NJSO Co-Commission)
This lyrical new piece completes Christopher Rouse’s cycle of concertos for every wind instrument. The NJSO co-commissioned this work to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner, who has given so much to our organization on and off stage.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
With two thunderous opening chords, Beethoven unlocked a new world of music-making, and every performance of his “Eroica” sounds revolutionary.