All-Beethoven at Simon’s Rock

Fri, Apr 1, 2016, 7:30 PM
Pre-Concert discussion with Leon Botstein at 6:30 PM

DANIEL ARTS CENTER, MCCONNELL THEATER, BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON’S ROCK IN GREAT BARRINGTON, MA

–Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy & 5th symphony
–Pianist Peter Serkin; “one of America’s finest pianists” –The Daily Telegraph
–Conducted by Leon Botstein; “peerlessly adventurous” –The New York Times

Program

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Heroic grandeur and expansive lyricism; the main melody is a precursor to the “Ode to Joy” theme from his 9th symphony

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Climactic and daring; it premiered in a freezing auditorium by an orchestra that had only rehearsed it once!

Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
PETER SERKINpiano
BARD COLLEGE CHAMBER SINGERS
BARD FESTIVAL CHORALE
JAMES BAGWELL, choral conductor

Video

Beethoven – Choral Fantasy

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Peter Serkin

Photo by Kathy Chapman

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