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May 20, 2021
Online Broadcast
$12 (Tax included)

In line with regulations of the provincial stay-at-home order, the recording and broadcast of this concert has been postponed to a later date. For more information, visit 

Enjoy a fascinating talk on the lives and music of great composers from your home – the perfect pairing for an afternoon tea! Hosted by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte, each online Talk and Tea presentation accompanies an HPO concert this season. With intriguing stories and musical examples throughout, these entertaining talks offer insights into the works you’ll hear our musicians perform in our Concert Hall Series.

In this episode, Abigail offers insights into May’s concert Beethoven’s Eighth.

Beethoven struggled with family issues, class issues and hearing loss which in some way contributed to his unique musical voice and pushed him to become one of the most forward-looking composers of all time. Richard Strauss became an exalted conductor and composer but struggled with the increasing control of the Nazi party over his work. This Talk and Tea features the HPO string quartet as well as a peek into rehearsal as the orchestra rehearses Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and Strauss’ Horn Concerto.

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