MTT and SFS Symposium—Beethoven: Before and After

Explore Beethoven’s inspirations, his music, and his legacy in three one-hour sessions combining performance and discussion. Beethoven’s earliest music; learn about the mystical world of the Missa solemnis; and the collision of his late quartets with John Adams’ musical language in his Beethoven-inspired work for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest. Guests include Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and William Meredith, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University.

See below for Symposium schedule.

Produced in cooperation with the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University.

All seats $20 


Conductor/Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas

conductor

William Meredith

speaker

John Adams

speaker

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Ragnar Bohlin

choral director

Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Lecture length is approximately 3 hours.

Symposium Schedule

Beethoven Symposium: Before and After

Saturday, May 4, 2013,
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Part I: Beethoven Reimagined

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, San Francisco Symphony, guest
William Meredith, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, host
Members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, Director, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony
 
Topics: Festival Overview, Programs/pieces, MTT’s approach to Beethoven, Beethoven biographical/historical information (including early years in Bonn/Vienna), Beethoven arrangements
 
Music:
Beethoven, arr. Bohlin: Adelaide, Op. 46 (Chorus, Bohlin) (1795/2013)
Beethoven: Excerpts from Three Equali for Four Trombones, WoO 30 (1812)
Beethoven, arr. Seyfried: Excerpts from Three Equali for Four Trombones, WoO 30 (1812/1827)

Part II: Beethoven as Inspiration

2:00-2:45 p.m.
John Adams, composer, guest
Saint Lawrence String Quartet
John Mangum, Director of Artistic Planning, San Francisco Symphony, host
 
Topics: Late String Quartets, Absolute Jest
 
Music:
Beethoven: I and V from String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
Beethoven: II from String Quartet in F major, Op. 135
Adams: Excerpts from Absolute Jest (Quartet only)

 
Part III: Beethoven the Scholar

3:00-3:45 p.m.
William Meredith, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, speaker
Saint Lawrence String Quartet
Members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, Director, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
 
Topics: Beethoven’s inspirations for Missa solemnis, including medieval and Renaissance music, and visual art
 
Music:
Palestrina: Gloria from Magnificat Terzii Toni
Palestrina: Pueri Habraeorum
Dietrich: Servus tuus sum ego Domine
Beethoven: Heiliger Dankgesang from String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Question and Answer Period

3:45-4:00 p.m.

 

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Program Support

Presenting Sponsor
Beethoven Project

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The Beethoven Project

These concerts are part of The Beethoven Project, an in-depth exploration of the immortal composer and his legacy. For more information visit sfsymphony.org/beethoven.

Beethoven Project: MTT explores early Beethoven
Thu, May 2 - Fri, May 3
MTT surveys Beethoven’s early works which foretell the brilliance to come.

MTT and SFS Symposium—Beethoven: Before and After
Sat, May 4
Explore Beethoven’s inspirations, his music, and his legacy in three one-hour sessions combining performance and discussion.

Beethoven Project: MTT leads Beethoven and Adams
Sat, May 4 - Thu, May 9
MTT explores here the maturing Beethoven, as well as his continuing influence.

Beethoven Project: MTT and Missa Solemnis
Fri, May 10 - Sat, May 11
Expect thunder and lightning from MTT, the Orchestra, Chorus, and guests.