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Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Hayes Hall

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Beethoven's "Eroica"

Naples Philharmonic

Christopher Seaman, conductor

   Britten — Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
   Haydn — Symphony No.88 in G Major, Hob.I:88
   Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Former Naples Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Seaman returns with a program of audience favorites, including Britten’s beloved introduction to the orchestra, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and Haydn’s inventive Symphony No. 88. At the core of the program is Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “Eroica.” Written shortly after the “Heiligenstadt Testament” in which the composer revealed the devastating effects of his growing deafness, Symphony No. 3 voices Beethoven’s cathartic arrival at what he called a “new path” in his composition. The emotional depth of that “new path” would signal the beginning of the Romantic period in music and, according to Leonard Bernstein in reference to the work’s opening segments, “the greatest two movements in all symphonic music.”

Christopher Seaman

Christopher Seaman

Former Naples Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Seaman has a reputation for inspirational music making. His is particularly well noted for his interpretations of early 20th century English music, Bruckner, Brahms and Sibelius. Seaman currently holds the post of Conductor Laureate with the Rochester Philharmonic, where as Music Director, he received acclaim for raising the orchestra’s artistic level and broadening its audience base—a contribution that was recognized in the form of a programming award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In May 2009 the University of Rochester made Seaman an Honorary Doctor of Music, acknowledging his outstanding leadership in music as a conductor, accomplished recording artist, gifted teacher and community performing arts partner. In addition to his work in Naples, Seaman has also held posts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony. 

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