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The Power of Fate: Verdi, Strauss & Wagner

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Music Director Andrew Grams, oboist Frank Rosenwein (an Evanston native), and the ESO will bring the drama with The Power of Fate: Verdi, Strauss & Wagner. Love, revenge, war, and reflection are all themes that come to life in this intense, heart-stopping performance.

“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno


February 7 at 7:30 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance- Chicago, IL

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February 8 at 7:30 pm
February 9 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center – Elgin, IL


Andrew Grams, conductor
Frank Rosenwein, oboe

Verdi     La Forza del Destino Overture
Strauss     Oboe Concerto
Wagner     Siegfried Idyll
Elgar     In the South

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NOTEworthy Concert Facts

  • Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino,has acquired a reputation for being cursed, following some unfortunate incidents. In 1960 at the Metropolitan Opera, the noted baritone Leonard Warren collapsed and died during a performance of the opera. The supposed curse reportedly kept Luciano Pavarotti from ever performing the opera, and the tenor Franco Corelli to follow small rituals during performances to avoid bad luck.
  • La forza del destino also plays a thematic role in the novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events (1999–2006).
  • Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869.Wagner originally intended the Siegfried Idyll to remain a private piece. However, due to financial pressures, he decided to sell the score to a publisher in 1878.

Click below for an audio concert highlight

Verdi, Strauss & Wagner…Verdi – La Forza del Destino Overture

Verdi, Strauss & Wagner…Strauss – Oboe Concerto


Verdi, Strauss & Wagner…Wagner – Siegfried Idyll

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