Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 7:00PM

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra are joining forces once again for an exhilarating program based on the theme of transformation. Ludwig van Beethoven’s overture for his only opera, Fidelio, underwent multiple transformations before reaching its final form; his Leonore Overture No. 3 (actually the second of four versions of this overture) exhibits much of the drama within the opera, which presents a woman who transforms her appearance to rescue her husband from prison. Les Préludes is an iconic demonstration of Franz Liszt’s signature technique of thematic transformation—the morphing of themes in different guises throughout the work. Camille Saint-Saëns, who greatly admired Liszt, incorporated thematic transformation into his entire Symphony No. 3, with its famous use of organ, played here by ODU faculty organist Dr. James Kosnik. Join us as members of the VSO help to inspire transformations among ODU’s next generation of music professionals.

Gonzalo Farias, conductor 
Paul Kim, conductor 
Virginia Symphony Orchestra 
Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Liszt: Les Preludes
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

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