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Beethoven's Second Symphony
Philharmonic | Masterworks Series

The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Memorial Concert

Mozart Missa brevis in C Major, K. 259, “Organ Solo Mass” (14 minutes)

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 (19 minutes)

Beethoven Symphony No. 2 (35 minutes)

This performance includes a 20-minute intermission.

About the Concert

Saint-Saëns once said of himself: “I produce music as an apple tree produces apples.” The First Cello Concerto is certainly a delicious example and a gorgeous vehicle for the instrument’s sonorous voice, especially as performed by young Sterling Elliott, a winner in the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Mozart’s brief Mass (really brief!), with a “cameo” appearance by the organ, shows off our magnificent DPO Chorus. Beethoven’s Second concludes this season’s Masterworks series and our Beethoven symphony cycle. Responding to his near-suicidal anguish over growing deaf, the composer wrote to a friend: “I will seize Fate by the throat. It will not wholly conquer me!” This Symphony is the jubilant proof of his will to live.

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