Strauss A Hero’s Life

Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020


Brett Mitchell, conductor
The Percussion Collective

RAVEL Boléro
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS Drum Circles: Concerto for 7 Percussionists and Orchestra
R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

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.