A Hero’s Life – STREAMING

GUSTAV HOLST:‘Jupiter' from The Planets
RICHARD STRAUSS:Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

The unrivaled brilliance of Holst’s Jupiter from The Planets sets the stage for the 2024 Lakes Area Music Festival’s closing ceremony. As the U.S. premiere of Lil Lacy’s Aurora honors new beginnings and the opportunities of a new day, Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) tells the ultimate story of adventure and accomplishment. There is no greater conclusion to our own grand adventure than the recognition that a hero’s journey is much bigger than the hero alone.

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Christian Reif

Explore the Music

GUSTAV HOLST: “Jupiter”. (8 minutes)   READWATCH

  • British composer Gustav wrote 7 movements in the work “The Planets”, named after the planets in the solar system and its astrological sign.
  • A British composer, Holst included a patriotic hymn in the middle of this movement – “I Vow to Thee My Country” – which was performed at Princess Diana's funeral.

LIL LACY: Aurora. (11 minutes)  READ

  • Aurōra is the Roman Goddess of dawn and announced the arrival of the sun every morning. She symbolizes new beginnings and the opportunities that the new day offers.
  • Lil is a Danish composer. She wrote this piece for the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and Christian Reif (our music director) conducted the premiere there.

RICHARD STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life). (48 minutes)  READWATCH

  • This music calls for a huge orchestra– we will have 97 musicians on stage!
  • German composer Richard Strauss worked on the piece while staying in a Bavarian mountain resort in July 1898.
  • There are lots of solos for the concertmaster of the orchestra (the first chair violinist who plays an important role in helping lead the orchestra). Thomas Reif from the Bavarian Radio Symphony in Germany will play there– he's Christian Reif's brother!

All LAMF activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Five Wings Arts Council, thank to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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