What’s happening in this dramatic musical overture? Who’s invading who? Who wins and why? The “1812 Overture” is a brilliant and exciting musical portrait of Napoleon’s failed invasion of Russia. We will appreciate the 1812 battle through the music: its military charges, desperate prayers and celebrations. In this class history and music join hands: Why did the great French general experience the complete collapse of his military campaign? We will also appreciate Tchaikovsky’s life. The music, the history, Tchaikovsky, and Napoleon are our focus in this one-hour musical event.