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Beethoven’s Pastoral

October 5, 10:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
| Powell Symphony Hall

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Beth Guterman Chu, viola


BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy


From mighty storms to peaceful meadows, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony expresses the power of nature and the sounds of a serene landscape.


  • Captivated by nature, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony evokes emotion in light of the picturesque beauty of the countryside.
  • Beethoven captures the connection between the power of nature with joy and wonder.
  • SLSO’s Principal Viola Beth Guterman Chu shines as soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, describing the experiences of a wandering character in the countryside of Italy.
  • Did you know: Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony is featured in the popular Fantasia with the scene of flying centaurs in a beautiful countryside.
  • Harold in Italy is a grand symphonic poem featuring the viola as Harold in his journey through Italy. It is like a coming-of-age story set to Berlioz’s magical and evocative language. There is no piece written I could be more excited to play with the SLSO.” – Beth Guterman Chu

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