RIT Orchestra Examines 200 Years of Heroic Music

“Winter Heroics” features range of works from Beethoven to John Williams

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Emily McKean

Members of the RIT Orchestra perform at a rehearsal. The ensemble will present “Winter Heroics” Feb. 20.

The passion and power of heroic music will be showcased in the Rochester Institute of Technology Orchestra’s annual winter concert. “Winter Heroics” presents a wide range of pieces from works by classical and romantic composers such as Beethoven and Richard Wagner to modern pieces by John Williams, including his Indiana Jones Theme.

The performance will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in RIT’s Ingle Auditorium and will be conducted by Michael Ruhling, associate professor of music and director of the RIT Orchestra. It will be preceded by a pre-concert talk, presented by Ruhling, entitled “Dramatic Music and the Romantic Hero,” beginning at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Heroic music, which generally presents a dramatic battle often set in terms of good and evil, has been a major component of classical music for centuries but has grown in use thanks to its frequent inclusion in film scores. The RIT concert builds off course work and lectures on heroic music, its origins and modern uses, which have been conducted throughout the academic year.

WHAT: “Winter Heroics”

WHO: RIT Orchestra

WHEN: Pre-concert presentation: 1 p.m. Concert: 2 p.m. Feb. 20

WHERE: Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union, RIT