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Beethoven Symphony No. 8
  • Presented By: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • February 1, 2019
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • 1000 University Dr, , , Virginia Beach, VA 23464
  • (757) 892-6366
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

This program is centered around the concept of identity and the risks involved in being true to one’s

self. Each composer in this program struggled with his own secrets. The concert opens with an overture

to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, in which Leonore must disguise herself as a prison guard to rescue

her husband. George Corbett performs the Concertino for English Horn by Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Then, Copland’s Quiet City, featuring VSO principal trumpet David Vonderheide and English horn George Corbett. This piece represents a character from the Shaw play of the same name, who abandons his heritage and dreams in exchange for his material wealth and success. The program concludes with Beethoven’s cheerful Symphony No. 8, full of joy despite the loss of his hearing.


Gonzalo Farias, conductor

George Corbett, English horn
David Vonderheide, trumpet

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Wolf-Ferrari: Concertino for English Horn
Copland: Quiet City
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

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