SPCO concerts are canceled through May 10 in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Those first notes

How much variation can one find in nearly a century of recordings of the opening chords of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony?

As it turns out, lots.

Violinist and composer Erik Carlson, a Minnesota native, created this YouTube video illustrating remarkable changes in turning, recording, and interpretation.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the 2014 SPCO version this weekend.