Beethoven's Eroica



Beethoven’s Eroica is also being performed on Friday 11 May at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash.


Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Moye Chen piano


Vine Concerto for Orchestra – Composer in Residence
Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica

About the performance

Beethoven originally dedicated his revolutionary Heroic Symphony (Eroica is Italian for heroic) to Napoleon but famously erased his name from the title page when the political leader started his many invasions!

Sir Andrew Davis leads the MSO through the supremely triumphant and outgoing piece, celebrating heroism, which then moves into a slow movement, the funeral march, to remind us that we all, even heroes, have to face death.

The symphony was of a scale never before attempted and remains one of the great triumphs in music.

On the back of a podium finish in the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Chinese virtuoso Moye Chen joins the MSO for Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 – a now renowned piece that was over 20 years in the making!

Completing the program is Composer in Residence Carl Vine’s extraordinary energetic and colourful Concerto for Orchestra.

Pre-concert talk

Join MSO second violinist, Andrew Hall, for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall.
Thursday, 10 May – 6.15pm
Saturday, 12 May – 12.45pm

Running time

2 hours, including a 20-minute interval

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