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All Beethoven!

January 11 @ 7:30 pm

Mark Russell Smith, Guest Conductor

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

In 2020, the world is celebrating a momentous anniversary — the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven! Throughout the year, orchestras around the globe are celebrating the birth of this revolutionary genius. Melodies written by Beethoven can be found from concert halls to advertising to ring tones, making the famed composer as relevant today as he was in 1770, the year of his birth. In honor of this historic occasion, Springfield Symphony Orchestra invites you to help us kick off the Beethoven at our All Beethoven! program on January 11th at 7:30 pm at Springfield Symphony Hall.

For this special night, 20 years after he last graced the stage at Symphony Hall, we welcome back our former Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith Maestro Smith will begin our year-long fête with Beethoven’s First Symphony, a work strongly anchored in Viennese musical life, and fittingly written at the dawn of a new century, 1799-1800, when the composer was just 29.

Next up is the Second Symphony, written in the summer of 1802 when Beethoven first revealed the secret of his deteriorating hearing. Despite his despair, the piece, cast in a sunny D major, is largely upbeat in mood.

Accompanying the two symphonies is the one of the most famous pieces in the orchestral repertoire, the Overture to Goethe’s play Egmont, an explosively powerful work that showcases Beethoven as a champion of the oppressed.

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Classical ConversationsGuest conductor Mark Russell Smith invites you to the Hall at 6:30 pm for a lively 30-minute discussion about this evening’s concert.


January 11
7:30 pm
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