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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 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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Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Rosenwein holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe, 1965–2001), and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. He served as principal oboe (2002–05) of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.

Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005–06 season. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in February 2007, in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Since then he has performed many times as soloist, including playing the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto in 2012 and the first Cleveland Orchestra performances of the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto in 2017.

Since 2006, Mr. Rosenwein has served as head of the oboe department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where in 2015 he was given the Alumni Achievement award. He also teaches at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, and is in demand as a guest artist and masterclass clinician in schools all over the world. An avid chamber musician, he has spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society.


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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