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June 9   3:00 PM:  Tickets, Directions, More on the Concert

Beethoven’s Fifth opens with the most famous motive in all Western music, and moves from dramatic thrust to triumphant chorale, with cascades of brass, winds and strings.     Elgar’s beloved Variations paint a musical portrait of his beloved friends and family, including the Enigmatic “Nimrod” variation – a moving piece reflecting a deep conversation about Beethoven!   This is a big and uplifting closing concert to round out our inaugural Festival.


Beethoven      Symphony No 5 in C minor    

        I.    Allegro con Brio

        II.   Andante con Moto

        III.  Allegro (Scherzo)   without pause to:

        IV.  Finale: Allegro


Elgar       Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma”

    1.  Theme: The composer’s beloved wife – C. Alice Elgar (?)

    2.  A pianist friend Hew Stewart-Powell

    3.  Richard Townsend, a bass singer

    4.  William Baker, a country squire

    5.  Richard Arnold, raconteur & wit

    6.  Isabel Fitton, viola student of the composer

    7.  Arthur Griffith – architect full of surprises

    8.  Winifred Norberg – secretary to the orchestra

    9.  “Nimrod” variation – conversation about Beethoven with musicologist August Jaeger

    10.  Dorabella Penny – close friend

    11.  Bulldog Dan saved from drowning

    12.  Basil Nevinson, cellist

    13.   Unknown lady on a sea voyage, unlucky 13

    14.  Finale – autobiographical to composer?


Tickets were:  $15 through May 20  $17 in advance  $20 at the door — Students half  price


Floyd County High School is at ‘721 Baker St, Floyd, VA’.  From Floyd’s only traffic light, go 0.2 mi on S Locust St; turn L on Baker St and go about a half mile to the high school straight ahead.     Use that address for Map and GPS systems, though it does not appear to work for some systems.

Map Directions to Floyd County High School