BeethovenFest

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The March 11 “In the Heart of the Symphony” concert is on sale through Ticketmaster. Please enter all promo codes on the Ticketmaster website.

 

In spring 2020 the VSO celebrates Beethoven 250. From a re-creation of the night in 1808 that changed music forever — when Beethoven premièred his 5th and 6th Symphonies, the 4th Piano Concerto and the Choral Fantasy in the same evening – to an exploration of the senses with a special seating arrangement that lets you listen from within the orchestra, VSO BeethovenFest will leave you with a new love of the greatest music master of all. As a through-line, Maestro Tausk invites you to take in Beethoven’s 5th, with its famous opening motif, three different ways. First, as the inspiration for generations of composers to come, in the company of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1; second, in a special seating arrangement that lets you listen from within the orchestra; and third, as part of that most remarkable concert in 1808.

Subscribers: Get the BeethovenFest Pass for just $85.

Mar 7 and Mar 13 ticket holders get BeethovenFest pass for only $65!

 

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BEETHOVENFEST PRESENTED BY VOLVO CAR CANADA

March 7

THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: BEETHOVEN THE MODERNIST

As accolades pile up around the world, Alina Ibragimova continues to humbly and steadfastly go about her craft making music immediate and accessible. Hear her VSO debut in Shostakovich’s riveting first Violin Concerto. Plus, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with Tausk and the VSO. What could be better? Part of the Masterworks Diamond series.

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March 9

Chamber Concert

BeethovenFest guest artists Alina Ibragimova, Saleem Ashkar, Tyler Duncan and members of the VSO present a gorgeous program of Beethoven’s chamber works in the intimate and beautiful acoustic setting of Christ Church Cathedral.

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March 11

THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: IN THE HEART OF THE SYMPHONY

An exploration of the senses, in a special seating arrangement that lets you listen from within the orchestra.

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March 12

NINE SYMPHONIES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Film Documentary: In the summer of 2011 Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed all nine Beethoven symphonies in China and South Korea for the first time. The BBC joined the tour.

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March 13

THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: A MOST REMARKABLE NIGHT PART 1

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. The Pastorale is Beethoven’s portrait of nature. The first bars of the 4th Piano Concerto take one’s breath away. Enjoy the second half of the “remarkable” night the following evening, March 14th, with a BeethovenFest pass. Part of the Masterworks Diamond series.

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March 14

THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: A MOST REMARKABLE NIGHT PART 2

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. This is part two – enjoy the both halves of the “remarkable” night with a BeethovenFest pass.

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March 15

THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: A MOST REMARKABLE NIGHT PART 1: PASTORALE REDUX

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. The Pastorale is Beethoven’s portrait of nature. Part of the Symphony Sundays series.

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March 20/21

$30 BONUS ADD-ON: BEETHOVEN’S EROICA

In 1802 Beethoven was overcome with depression as the irreversible nature of his deafness became undeniable. He wrote a “testament” to this fact, ending it with the insinuation he would end his life. Myth has it he then arose from his desk and launched into creating the passion and triumph of the Eroica Symphony. Brett Dean, conductor and violist, leads from the music stand both his own work, inspired by Beethoven’s testament, and the great 3rd Symphony.

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March 8, March 15

BEETHOVEN: THE IMMORTAL

The VSO School of Music offers a two week deep-dive into the story behind one of the most influential composers of the 19th century.

Beethoven’s personality was as outsized as his talent. From his unhappy childhood through to deafness, chronic rages, family and romantic difficulties, Beethoven’s life can be seen as a heroic battle against adversity. Over the course of 2 one-hour presentations, you will be introduced to Beethoven the man and his musical development. We’ll examine the ways in which the events of Beethoven’s life influenced his compositional process and the character of the music that he was writing. He oversaw the transition of music from the Classical style to the Romantic style, while reshaping the symphony. Symphony # 3, 4 and 5 will be performed as part of the Beethoven Experience and we’ll take an in depth look at them, which will greatly enhance your concert experience. Not included in festival pass.

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