Classical Rivalries

November 12th - 8pm


Daniel Meyer conductor

Demarre McGill flute


Salieri Sinfonia, "Veneziana"

Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1

Rossini Overture from William Tell

Beethoven Symphony No. 8


Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.


In November, we look into composer rivalries both real and imagined. Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus created a fascinating (yet spurious?) look into the jealousies of a capable artist, Salieri, when he is forced to compete with an undisputed genius, Mozart. While today Mozart is by far the more highly-regarded figure, it is sometimes fun to compare and contrast the two, as we do when we pit Salieri’s charming Sinfonia Veneziana against Mozart’s Concerto for Flute in G Major. Guest soloist Demarre McGill currently serves as Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony and will make his Erie Philharmonic debut. We continue with Rossini vs. Beethoven. Historians like to pit the so-called misanthropic, misunderstood deaf genius Beethoven against the life-loving operatic genius Rossini. We will investigate this rivalry when we perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture and officially launch our four-year celebration of Beethoven 4/4 with his brilliant and charming Symphony No. 8.