Beethoven’s Eroica

Saturday, February 22 | 7:30 pm

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
U.S. PREMIERE!
Simon Petersson: Spheres 
U.S. PREMIERE!
Yaron Gottfried: Electric Guitar Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

In celebration of his 250th birthday, the orchestra will perform the heroic Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works and widely considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a delightful expression of the beauty of nature. Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducted Simon Petersson’s Spheres in Sweden in 2018 and is excited to bring it to Tacoma. Seattle native Michael Nicolella will perform Israeli composer Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto, a beautiful classical piece featuring a non-traditional orchestral instrument.

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Michael Nicolella, electric guitar

With a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to Jimi Hendrix and Elliott Carter, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America’s most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. Known for creative programming that blurs the lines between musical styles and disciplines, he has introduced electric guitar into his “classical” programs and extended the repertoire and audience of his instrument. He has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions.

As a concert artist, Mr. Nicolella has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan as solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra. He is a graduate of Yale University, Berklee College of Music and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He currently lives in Seattle and is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.

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