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Pines of Rome
Erie, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Erie Philharmonic
Conductor: Daniel Meyer
This 2019-20 Season marks the fourth and final year of our Beethoven 4/4 celebration, honoring the life of the great composer through a retrospective of his most important works for orchestra. His ‘Leonore Overture No. 3’ bears a strange moniker (does one opera really need three overtures?), but contains some of the most mysterious, inventive, and ultimately heroic music Beethoven ever wrote. This overture perfectly encapsulates the dramatic sweep of the opera, coming to a triumphant close that points towards the same energy he will accumulate in his epic ‘Ode to Joy’ Symphony that closes our season.

We then welcome Edgar Meyer to the Warner Theatre stage. Widely-acknowledged as one of the leading virtuosos of the double bass, Meyer’s career has featured brilliant performances of the classical repertoire, including works of his own that capitalize on his genius as a performer and composer. We will highlight both facets of his artistry in November as he performs Italian bass virtuoso Bottessini’s concerto alongside one written by Meyer himself.

The evening will come to a triumphant close with Respighi’s vibrant celebration of the sights and sounds of Italy’s most famous city in Pines of Rome. A four-movement work that evokes the history and grandeur of this great city, Pines of Rome is a stunning display of how completely a piece of music can capture the spirit of this ancient metropolis.
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