The Sarasota Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Broadcast

Conductor Jeffrey Kahane

Tune in this week for another Tuesday Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra. This week’s broadcast is from last February and features Beethoven’s third symphony, the “Eroica,” with Jeffrey Kahane conducting. 

The Conductor

Jeffrey Kahane is recognized internationally for his diverse repertoire. Currently, Kahane is the Artistic Advisor for The Sarasota Orchestra. He made his debut as a musician at Carnegie Hall in 1983 and later made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. In addition, Kahane has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name a few.[1]

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony is widely recognized for its heroic nature. Originally, Beethoven composed this work in dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte since Beethoven was a fan of Bonaparte’s plan of restructuring society. This quickly changed, however, when Napoleon declared himself Emperor of France. Beethoven chose the sub-title “Eroica” because it implies general heroism that is heard throughout the work. The symphony begins with a powerful opening from the orchestra and ends with a triumphant theme.[2]

Stay Connected

Classical WSMR thanks The Sarasota Orchestra for providing us with this music during a time we need it most. Stay up to date with The Sarasota Orchestra on their website at And listen every Tuesday at 7pm for our Tuesday Masterwork with The Sarasota Orchestra on Classical WSMR. You can listen live at 89.1 or 103.9, on, and from your smartphone with the WUSF Public Media App. Also, you can ask your Smart Speaker to play Classical WSMR. If you miss a broadcast, you can listen to it on-demand at for 30 days after the airdate. This broadcast is available until Thursday, May 28.


[1] “Jeffrey Kahane.” Sarasota Orchestra,

[2] Schwarm, Betsy. “Eroica Symphony.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 12 Dec. 2016,