Beethoven and Wagner
On Christmas morning 1870, Richard Wagner’s new wife, Cosima, awakened to quite the surprise: 15 musicians on the staircase outside of her bedroom performing a new piece Richard had written for her birthday. In this instrumental pastorale Wagner lovers will hear many favorite horn calls and bird songs from the Ring Cycle opera, Siegfried. Edward Elgar's own little gift to his wife, Salut d'amour (Hello Love),
is a warm and charming intermezzo on this program that opens with a lesser known but brilliant gem from Wagner's greatest influence, Beethoven.Concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Performances are expected to last between 60 and 75 minutes and there will be no intermission. Masks must be worn at all times.