Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 5, also known as Emperor, while Napoleon bombarded Vienna with cannon fire. Meanwhile, Beethoven lashed pillows to his ears, determined to preserve not only what was left of his hearing but the even more precious fragments of this, his final, mighty concerto rattling around in his head. Hear the Redlands Symphony, led by Conductor Jon Robertson, tackle this great work. The orchestra will also play Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations. Elgar dedicated this work "to my friends pictured within," each of the 14 variations being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close friends, including his wife Alice. The "Enigma" in the name is thought by many to be a hidden melody woven throughout the variations, and the riddle remains unsolved to this day. You'll also hear Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freisch��tz Overture during Robertson's penultimate show -- after 33 years with the symphony -- at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.