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Heroism and Transcendence

  • St. John's Episcopal Church Jamaica Plain (map)

Ensemble: Eureka Orchestra   

Special Artists: Robert Bekkers, guitar and Yelena Dudochkin, soprano

Conductor: Kristo Kondakci


Overture to Egmont by Ludwig van Beethoven

Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo

Symphony No. 4 in G-Major by Gustav Mahler

Price: $20, $10 for students

Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain

Notes on the music: This music focuses around life and loss, around heroism and transcendence: The Beethoven depicts the struggle between an individual and the collective, with the individual ultimately dying at the hands of the collective. The Rodrigo portrays through music, the history of spain, in its glory as well as in its tragedy; central to the piece is the Spanish Civil War. The Mahler 4th centralizes itself around tradition & innocence vs. the seductiveness of banality; this idea culminates in the last movement, where a soprano soloist, representing a child who has passed away due to starvation, describes what heaven looks like and its riches.