Lohengrin’s Prelude paints a picture of the descent of the Holy Grail, “radiating fiery beams and shaking the soul with emotion,” in Wagner’s own words. No symphonies surpass those of Bruckner for sheer magnificence of sound. He called the Fourth his
“Romantic” Symphony, for its connection to the spirit of medieval legends. The melodies resound with echoes of Schubert, but the magisterial drama comes from Wagner.
March 2, 2024
Bruckner Fourth “Romantic”
Richard Wagner Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”
Richard Wagner’s description of the Lohengrin Prelude begins this way: “Out of the clear blue ether of the sky, at first hardly perceptible, an angel host bears in its midst the Holy Grail… now revealed in all its glory, radiating fiery beams and shaking the soul with emotion.” For sheer magnificence of sound and structure, no composer’s symphonies approach those of Anton Bruckner. The Fourth is the only symphony he gave an official title to: “Romantic,” comparing its first movement to “a medieval city at dawn… woodland magic… forest murmurs.” The spirit of Schubert lives in Bruckner’s harmonies and tunes, but the slowly unfolding drama is purely Wagnerian.
Single tickets go on sale August 1.
Please join us at 6:30 pm for a Preview from the Podium with Maestro Wilkins.
All concerts take place at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, located on the campus of The University of Akron. Per guidelines set by the University of Akron, masks are optional for all patrons attending concerts at EJ Thomas Hall. Parking is $10 parking at the gate (cash) or $8 pre-paid.
Please pick your section; best seats available will be chosen for you. If you have a particular area (seat) you want, please mention it in the notes section. We’ll do our best to seat you accordingly. If you need special seating in any way (such as easy access, or handicapped accessible), please indicate that in the notes or call the office. These are available in Section B.
If you purchase your tickets a week in advance or more, they will be mailed to you unless specified otherwise. Tickets purchased less than a week from the concert date will be available in office or at the venue the night of the concert.