|For orchestra specializing in Beethoven, UNC one of four U.S. stops|
|Wednesday, October 26, 2011|
Orchestre Révolutionnaire Romantique, perhaps the world’s finest orchestra in interpreting the Romantic era, will play the first of just four cities on its American tour at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carolina Performing Arts will present the orchestra in Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
“Orchestre Révolutionnaire Romantique is revered for passionate live performances of some of the most beloved classical symphonies,” said Emil Kang, director of Carolina Performing Arts. “Their music transports listeners back in time and offers a rare glimpse into how these seminal Beethoven works might have sounded when they premiered in the early 18th century.”
The London-based orchestra, with conductor and founder Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will perform these selections on Nov. 12: Beethoven’s Overture to “Prometheus,” Op. 43, with Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60 and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55, “Eroica.”
On Nov. 13, the program will include Beethoven’s Overture to “Egmont,” Op. 84, with Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92, and Beethoven’s most famous score, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, as the big finale.
“Symphony No. 5, with its famous, jolting first notes of three G’s and an E flat, broke expressive ground and overturned many of the formal concepts on which the classical symphony had been based,” Kang said. “Beethoven crafted something powerful and universal that reverberates with ageless significance in every listener regardless of their depth of musical culture.”
Tickets, for general admission, are $10 for UNC-Chapel Hill students and start at $25 for others. To purchase tickets, go to www.carolinaperformingarts.com or call or visit the box office on Cameron Ave. at (919) 843-3333, open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and before performances.
Photo: Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Orchestre Révolutionnaire Romantique, which will perform at UNC Nov. 12 and Nov. 13: http://uncnews.unc.edu/images/stories/news/arts/2011a/jeg%20proms%202010%20%2838%29%20%A9%20chris%20christodoulou.jpg