Strauss A Hero’s Life conducted by Brett Mitchell

Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020


Driving percussion propels this energetic program led by Music Director Brett Mitchell. Ravel's rhythmic Boléro, features many of our musicians in starring roles, including the ever-present snare drum which continues unabated throughout as the orchestra gradually builds in sound to an exultant conclusion. Christopher Theofanidis' Drum Circles highlights a virtuosic dialogue between seven percussionists and the orchestra, creating a spatially, colorful rhythmic experience. Strauss' not-so-subtly autobiographical Ein Heldenleben is laid out in six beautifully interconnected sections, each clearly defined in sound while telling the courageous story of its virtuous hero — Richard Strauss himself — in a bombastic finale to a thrilling performance.