National Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Concert Hall

“Eroica” illustrates the composer’s Beethoven's spiritual quest towards heroism as he coped with deafness. The program also includes his Third Symphony and Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus.

May 28 - 29, 2020

upcoming dates

  • Thu. May 28, 2020 7p.m.

  • Fri. May 29, 2020 11:30a.m.

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    $15.00 – $89.00


The Creatures of Prometheus—Overture
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

“Let your deafness no longer be a secret—even in art!”
—Beethoven’s notes in the sketches of Opus 59 string quartet, 1806

Our tribute begins with an exciting concert featuring Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “Eroica,” a major turning point in musical history. The work illustrates the composer’s own spiritual quest towards heroism as he coped with deafness and found new triumph in his art and life. Also on the program is Beethoven’s First Symphony and his Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, a popular ballet inspired by another hero whose suffering ultimately helped mankind, the rebellious Greek Titan who stole fire from the Gods to give to mortals.

Beethoven at 250
In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Gianandrea Noseda leads the Orchestra in a three-week festival of concerts celebrating the composer’s remarkable genius and impact on music. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear all nine of his symphonies—music that resounds as loudly today as it did two centuries ago. All five programs will be recorded for future release.

Immediately following the May 28 performance

Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night’s program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Each AfterWords® is free with your concert ticket—look for even more of these offerings throughout the season!

GN Beethoven quote

“There were three artists who changed the world. Of course, there are many, many other great ones, but these actually changed the world: Da Vinci, Dante, and of course, Beethoven.”

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda

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