Beethoven Project: MTT explores early Beethoven

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MTT surveys Beethoven’s early works which foretell the brilliance to come. At the age of 20, Beethoven wrote a plangent funeral cantata for the arts-minded “Musical King.” In the rarely heard, angelic Sonatina, the mandolin seems to morph from soulful Russian balalaika to carefree Bluegrass ukulele. The playful, upbeat Second Symphony, completed in October 1802, contrasts with the agonized letter Beethoven wrote the same month, lamenting that his encroaching deafness necessitated his withdrawal from society.

“Mumford has a lush, open, attractive sound, with an inviting forward placement.” —OPERA NEWS


Ragnar Bohlin


Sally Matthews


Tamara Mumford


Barry Banks


Andrew Foster-Williams


Joseph Brent


Eric Zivian


San Francisco Symphony and Chorus


Beethoven (arr. Bohlin)



Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II


Sonatina for Mandolin and Fortepiano

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

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  1. Thu, May 2, 2013 at 8:00pm

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  2. Fri, May 3, 2013 at 8:00pm

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Inside Music, an informative talk with John Mangum, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders.

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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

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.