The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Cyprus Independence Day with a concert series of pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven entitled ‘Heroic Moments’ on Tuesday in Limassol, on Wednesday in Larnaca and next Thursday in Nicosia.
The three concerts will be under the baton of Marios Papadopoulos, who will also perform the composer’s first Piano Concerto as a soloist.
Also on the programme is Eroica, composed by Beethoven in 1803-04. To quote the orchestra, this “important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era of music is an appropriate work for the occasion.”
Beethoven originally dedicated this work to Napoleon Bonaparte whom he saw as a great liberator, only for the composer to tear off the dedication page in disgust after the Corsican crowned himself Emperor on December 2, 1804. Especially important in this concert is also the presence, both as soloist and conductor, of Cypriot-born Papadopoulos, the founder, music director and driving force behind the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Oxford Philomusica), Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford.
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. September 26. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €2/7/5/3. Tel: 25-343902
September 27. Larnaca Municipal Theatre
September 28. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia