During its 68th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra presented the music of Beethoven, Strauss, and Wagner in a program titled “Titans.” The three influential German composers were showcased in November 2018 at the Hemmens Cultural Center. ESO Music Director Andrew Grams led the program featuring soprano Laura Wilde, a graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, in Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. The orchestra also played Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and highlights from Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Overture to Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner