Interesting Facts About This Program
- "Egmont Overture" was created as part of the incidental music requested by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for a revival of his play by the same name. Beethoven was a great admirer of Goethe and it is said that he accepted with enthusiasm!
- What is a romance? Beethoven used the term "romance" to refer to a shorter piece of music that was like a lyrical ballad. In the case of "Romance No. 2", it is a loose version of a theme and variation. Our music director Peter Wilson will performance this piece and you'll hear the tender quality of the music implied by the name.
- Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" is the official anthem of the European Union.
- The compact disc is 12cm long. The reason for this is that when it was being created, it was insisted that it be large enough to contain one complete recording of Beethoven's "Symphony. No. 9", which is 65 - 74 minutes long. The CD had to be made larger from 11.5cm to fit the entire performance.
Our Special Guests
The Richmond Philharmonic is pleased to be bringing performances from vocal soloists Anne O'Byrne, Erin Stuhlman, Lynn Gary, Adkins, and Joshua Michael Brown, violin soloist from our Music Director Peter Wilson featuring assistance conductor Will Pattie as well as a collaboration with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale and the Richmond Concert Chorale. All of the performance have been made possible by a gift from Dave, Iffet, Nancy, and Ellie Davis in loving memory of their father and grandfather David L. Davis Sr.
What You'll Hear
Romance No. 2 in F for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50
Peter Wilson, soloist
Will Pattie, conductor
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Anne O'Byrne, soprano
Erin Stuhlman, mezzo soprano
Lynn Atkins, tenor
Joshua Michael Brown, baritone
The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale and the Richmond Concert Chorale