- Orchestra Santa Monica’s “Heroic Beethoven and More”
- When: Sunday, October 26, at 3:30 p.m.
- Where: Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High Campus
- General admission
- Door time: 3 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $18 for one ticket (up to $30 value)
- $30 for two tickets (up to $60 value)
The Program: “Heroic Beethoven and More”
Beethoven’s name might be on the marquee, but the other star of the show is Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, performing the West Coast premiere of a white-key-only piece from Latvian composer Georgs Pelecis. Noted for her jaw-dropping live performances, Cheng was described by the New York Times as “consistently exhilarating” for her “commanding technique, color, and imagination” and by the Chicago Reader as playing with “such assurance that it seems she and the composer have plotted each note together.”
- Beethoven—Overture to Egmont: The earthquake-low opening strains that give way to a melody both ominous and triumphant are an homage to the Count of Egmont, a political martyr who gave his life to fight tyranny; the piece gained a second life as the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
- Pelecis—Concertino Bianco for Piano and String Orchestra: At first, the orchestra seems hesitant to pick up to the fragile chain of jewels that is the piano line. But as the two parts grow in volume, the melody—which must be played entirely on white keys by very clean hands—reveals ample strength to shine against the backing symphony.
- Beethoven—Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”: One of the grandest and most enduring classical works in history, the “Eroica” moves through the hopes, setbacks, and triumphs of a heroic campaign. Inspired by the French Revolution, Beethoven originally dedicated his ambitious yet melodically accessible epic to Napoleon. But when that hero of the people became a tyrant, the composer erased his name from the manuscript, declaring, “He’s just a rascal like all the others.”
Orchestra Santa Monica
They might take the form of a full symphony, a smaller chamber orchestra, a wind quintet, or a parade of tuxedo models. But no matter how you see them, they remain one of the area's most diverse and adaptable ensembles. Established in 2012, Orchestra Santa Monica is dedicated to building a strong community of classical music lovers of all ages. To serve the community at large, OSM creates and shares life-enriching experiences through accessible, educational and inspirational live performances of classical music.