In a world premiere commissioned by the Festival, composer Joel Thompson shines a light on American writer and activist James Baldwin, weaving selections of Baldwin’s own words into a musical profile on one of the most powerful Black voices of his generation. Later: Beethoven broke so many musical boundaries with his inventive Third Symphony — best known as Eroica (“Heroic”) — that many consider this symphony to have ushered in a new chapter in music altogether. This performance will be delivered both in person and virtually. Each in-person ticket purchase also grants access to the virtual performance. If you would prefer to attend the virtual concert only, see the full list of virtual concerts or purchase a Virtual Concerts package here.
Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., narrator
Joel Thompson, composer
Joel Thompson, To Awaken the Sleeper, World premiere commission (2021)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”