Spokane Symphony: A Hero’s Life
March 16-17. Featuring music by two great composers of opera - Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Strauss. This extraordinary performance opens with the Prelude and Triumphal March from Verdi’s opera Aida—a treat for opera lovers. You’ll be spellbound by the music created for this timeless love story. In an ironically humorous streak, Strauss declared his tone poem, “A Hero’s Life,” autobiographical. Thus it is believed that the hero was a satirical portrait of the composer himself, with hero’s adversaries representing the music critics of his time. The piece demands the sheer power and richness of a massive ensemble, as it tells the tale of a knight on white charger, lance held on high. You’ll follow him as he fights for his country, honors his friends, champions peace and lives by the most honorable of codes, thus granting for himself great honor and peace upon his retirement. Eckart Preu, conductor. Part of Classics Series. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.