Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00 PM
New Hope Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3:00 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church

Wesley Schulz, conductor

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 (~14 min)
Berwald Symphony No. 3, C Major, Sinfonie Singuliere (~30 min)
Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5, 6 (~15 min)

Just because you're one of the greatest creative geniuses in history doesn't mean you don't hit brick walls.

Beethoven is known for writing a multitude of magnificent symphonies, concertos, sonatas... but there's a reason he only wrote one opera: it was stinkin' hard.

Beethoven agonized over his incorrigible singleton opera - especially the important opening piece played by the orchestra, the Overture, which needed to musically recap the complex opera's entire story arc in a matter of minutes. He ended up overhauling the piece three times.

His struggles were worthwhile in the end; audiences far and wide came to revere his "Leonore Overture" (Take 3) for beautifully depicting the tale of (you guessed it) Leonore, a savvy and daring 16th century woman who must rescue her husband - who has been captured and jailed by an evil politician. Beethoven's masterpiece takes audiences through the deception, passion, depression, and finally unbridled joy experienced by his characters.

Fast forward to 2017 and you can hear the story brought to life by the Seattle Festival Orchestra--along with other masterworks by Brahms and Berwald--all under the baton of rising star conductor Wesley Schulz. In its ongoing efforts to build community and inspire the next generation of musicians, the orchestra will be joined by select instrumentalists from Nathan Hale High School.