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Overture 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Overture 2024: Former Present Today Performance, Novo and Musiqa

The Year 1812, festival overture in E♭ major, Op. 49, popularly known as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, premiered in 1880, is a monumental work in the history of classical music. It commemorates Russia’s resistance against Napoleon’s 1812 invasion, a conflict marked by tactical victories but ultimate defeat for Napoleon, who entered Russia with 600,000 men and returned to France with only 93,000. Beyond its drama and patriotism, the 1812 Overture has transcended its historical context, becoming a global symbol of resistance and national pride. Notably, in the United States, it has evolved into an unofficial anthem of Independence Day, a tradition initiated in 1974 by Arthur Fiedler at the Boston Pops’ July 4th concert.

Overture 2024: Former Present Today Performance, Novo and Musiqa

Conductor: Eiki Isomura

Composer: Eric Estrada Valadez

Commissioned by Musiqa in collaboration with the Blaffer Art Museum

Musicians: Maiko Sasaki, clarinet Christopher Witt, bassoon Russel Heahl, trumpet Ryan Rongone, trombone Jackson Guillen, violin Samantha St. John, double bass Craig Hauschildt, percussion

Overture 2024, Reynier Leyva Novo, Blaffer Art Museum
Dudley Recital Hall University of Houston
120 Fine Arts Building
University of Houston Houston, TX 77204