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BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 2 & 3

Mar 19, 2020, 7:30 PM
Mar 21, 2020, 8:00 PM
Mar 22, 2020, 2:00 PM


Performance Details

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor


Beethoven Symphony No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

Beethoven was just beginning to go deaf when he wrote his Second Symphony and though he was losing his hearing, he was finding his voice. He could have composed a manifestation of despair, but instead gave the world one of his most ebullient and life-affirming works. The Third Symphony was groundbreaking, a turning point in the composer's oeuvre and a watershed in musical history. A vast ode to heroism, revolution, and freedom, the “Eroica” is considered by many to be the greatest not just of Beethoven's symphonies, but of all time. Composer Jessica Hunt draws inspiration from Beethoven’s personal struggles and relates them to her own experience living with chronic illness in the premiere of Climb.

Hunt on Climb

Between composing his Second and Third symphonies, Beethoven wrote his “Heiligenstadt Testament,” a vividly compelling account of his secret physical and psychological torment as he struggled with the deterioration of his health and hearing. The first time I read that document, Beethoven’s isolation, fear, and diminishing hope leapt off the page and pierced my heart. I recognized those fears, that anguish; they resonate deeply within my own chronically ill body. Climb is a letter-through-time to Beethoven to express my gratitude for his work and to express our silent kinship.