Reflections

Saturday, March 19, 2021 – 7:30pm

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to “Egmont”
  • Franz Liszt: “Orpheus”
  • William Grant Still: Symphony No. 5 “The Western Hemisphere”

Through the symphony, tone poem, and music for the theater, Beethoven, Liszt, and Still fully embrace the drama of music. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture to the 1787 play Egmont inspired the programmatic music of Franz Liszt, including his tone poem about the legendary Greek musician Orpheus who journeyed to the underworld. William Grant Still’s fifth symphony presents a kind of musical creation story, wherein “the lands of the Western Hemisphere are raised from the bosom of the Atlantic.”