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Igor Levit and the JACK Quartet
August 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$35 – $58
Pianist Igor Levit joins forces with the JACK Quartet-an innovative string quartet dedicated to championing contemporary music-for a program of music with extramusical, sociopolitical connections. The concert begins with Igor Levit performing Beethoven’s Variations and Fugue in E-flat, Op. 35, Eroica, based on the same music as the finale of the Eroica symphony, a work originally dedicated to Napoleon. The program continues with Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41, a protest piece against tyranny inspired by Lord Byron’s satirical poem of the same name. Concluding the performance is contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski’s kaleidoscopically brilliant The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, a 1975 set of piano variations on a protest song from the struggle against Chile’s oppressive Allende regime.