April Spring Concert – Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash

Rescheduled For Fall

Lowery Freshman Center Auditorium

Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250 th  birthday with the Allen Philharmonic and enjoy a performance of four of his iconic works! The Coriolan Overture is based on one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed tragedies, Coriolanus.  Beethoven only wrote the overture for the tragedy basing his music on the main character not the entire story.  Today, the Coriolan Overture is recognized as the first truly abstract overture, one that would serve as the archetype for other composers. The Kyrie from Beethoven’s Mass in C Major is one of Beethoven’s long -underrated masterpieces.

Russian pianist Artem Kuznetsov, 2019 Young Texas Artist’s Grand Prize Winner, will join the Orchestra and Symphony Chorus in a performance of the unique work Choral Fantasy. This piece is a direct spiritual predecessor to the Ode to Joy portion of the
Ninth Symphony, and in Choral Fantasy we see the first glimmers of what’s to come. The anchor of the program will be the maestro’s Symphony No. 7, a crowd favorite since it was written.  Composer and Music Author Anthony Hopkins states
“The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as “one of my
best works.” Who are we to dispute his judgment?”

Come for some cake (literally) and help us celebrate the greatest musical titan of them all!