ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR
Legacies are not created in a single moment, but rather are the product of acts of creation, reception, and remembrance. Beethoven’s impact on music and his legacy can hardly be understated—his works continually challenged symphonic convention, while his persona has achieved mythic quality over the past 250 years. His Second Symphony, written at the onset of his deafness, honors the symphonic model while stretching its form and infamously substituting a scherzo for the traditional minuet and trio. American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Banner also engages with an iconic legacy—that of the United States national anthem. Described by the composer as “an anthem for the 21stcentury,” Banner pays tribute to its namesake, the Star-Spangled Banner, updating and adapting it to an orchestral medium with prominent quartet solos, performed here by the Eykamp String Quartet.
Dr. Lee & Mrs. Kirsten Wagmeister
Phil & Linda Palmer Fassett