Event Calendar

Events for Sunday, March 29, 2020

Heights Chamber Orchestra Concert
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Yoon Jae Lee, Conductor

PDQ Bach/Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast:
New Horizons in Music Appreciation
Announcer:Eric Kisch(WCLV) Color Man: Jim Mehrling (WCLV)
Beethoven - Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’

Invented by the American musical satirist Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. Bach is a fictional composer and often characterized as the “only forgotten son” of the Bach family. Schickele’s music combines the conventions of Baroque and classical music with slapstick comedy. “New Horizons in Music Appreciation” presents the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in the form of a sportscast. Eric Kisch does the play-by-play, and Jim Mehrling as color commentator. The piece also involves a referee calling penalties of five or 15 measures for contrived infractions, to be played by a conductor-less orchestra. Eric Kisch is host and producer of WCLV’s Musical Passions Program and Jim Mehrling is WCLV’s Production Manager and one of Cleveland’s great radio voices.

The Egmont Overture reflects the life of nobleman Lamoral, Count of Egmont. Beethoven expressed his own political concerns in the overture of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a stand against oppression. The overture is powerful and expressive and became the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is one of the composer’s most celebrated works. The ‘Eroica’ Symphony marked a turning point in Beethoven’s career and in the history of music. It raises the issues of political events of the day, specifically to Napoleon. Beethoven was outraged over Napoleon’s decision to crown himself Emperor. Many viewed the “Eroica” as a bizarre and more sublime than beautiful.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, OH
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