Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

May 22, 2020 - May 24, 2020


Brett Mitchell, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus

SAINT-SAËNS “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila
MASON BATES Children of Adam: Songs of Creation for Chorus and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

The 2020 celebration of Beethoven continues as your Colorado Symphony and Music Director Brett Mitchell culminate the Classics season with his groundbreaking Third Symphony — the “Eroica” — a true turning point in musical history, bridging the Classical and Romantic eras. The piece’s fiery passion became a hallmark of Beethoven’s middle period and a defining feature of the Romantic era. Saint-Saëns’ exotic “Bacchanale” from the French grand opera Samson et Dalila kicks off the program while the Colorado Symphony Chorus caps their 35th season, performing Mason Bates’ Children of Adam. Described by Bates as “A collection of exuberant celebrations of creation,” the piece incorporates sacred and Native American texts as well as works from American poets Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg — a dazzling finish to a remarkable season.