March 25: Eroica Trio at Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
March 21, 2012 at 11:57AM
Enamored with the ideals of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s emboldened vision of Europe’s future, Beethoven dedicated his third symphony to the man, naming the masterwork, Bonaparte. But when news arrived of the squat-statured general’s proclamation as the new emperor of the French, the maestro, repulsed with betrayal, tore the original score’s title page to scraps, and retitled it Sinfonia Eroica, the “Heroic Symphony.” Today, pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio claim the title for their Grammy-nominated outfit, the Eroica Trio.