Beethoven by the Bay

Spring has sprung with the sounds of Beethoven in the Bay Area. Local groups are releasing new Beethoven recordings, some are doing Beethoven projects, others delving deeper with a Symposium. KDFC invites you jump in too with our Beethoven by the Bay week. Starting Monday, April 29, every hour from 9 to 9 we’ll feature the music from Ludwig, from his major works, to some you hear less often, and we’ll let you know about where you can hear more Beethoven by the Bay this spring. Scroll down to check out our list of upcoming local Beethoven performances and recordings.
This May, the SF Symphony is launching The Beethoven Project featuring several performances and a new CD. Immerse yourself in the music of one of history’s most radical artists, Beethoven. Covering rarities and more familiar works, the Beethoven Project will expand your appreciation and your excitement about this groundbreaking music. Dates vary. Learn more.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony release an all-new recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its famous finale, the Ode, “To Joy.” This album includes the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and world-renown soloists, and is presented in brilliant premium audio hybrid SACD, as well as standard CD and premium studio master download. You can buy the CD here.

Maestro Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony conclude their 2012-13 season with three grand works of contrasting sensibilities that journey from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell - including Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with Terrence Wilson on piano. Friday, May 3, 8pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Learn more.

On the heels of their acclaimed recording of the Brahms Serenades, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has just released a CD of the 4th and 7th Symphonies of Beethoven. Nicholas McGegan is the conductor for these performances, which were recorded live at Berkeley's First Congregational Church in 2012 and 2009 respectively. We'll be sharing these new recordings with you this week on KDFC as we celebrate Beethoven By the Bay. Learn more.
Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Now he joins Chamber Music San Francisco for Beethoven's Sonata in D Major "Pastoral". The evening also includes performances of Schubert, Griffes, and Chopin. Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Marines Memorial Theatre. Learn more.
The Santa Cruz Symphony wrap up their season with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor", featuring pianist Hans Boepple. Plus, Rebecca Miller conducts Kodaly's "Dances of Galanta" and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6. Saturday, May 4, 8 pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Sunday, May 5, 2 pm at the Mello Center in Watsonville. Learn more.
The Peninsula Symphony's ends the season with the much-anticipated World Premiere of acclaimed local composer Lee Actor's Piano Concerto, the Symphony's first performance of Mendelssohn's Overture, and Beethoven's lyrical "Pastorale" symphony close the season in fabulous fashion. Friday, May 17, 8pm at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City and Saturday, May 18, 8pm at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Learn more.
The Bay Area's Soli Deo Gloria present a rare performance of Beethoven's Mass in C Major. Commissioned in memory of Haydn, this work represents the elegance of Beethoven's early years and is not to be missed. The program also includes John Corigliano's majestic setting of Dylan Thomas's Fern Hill, a misty-eyed reminiscence of frolicking childhood. Saturday, May 18, 5pm at First Baptist in Palo Alto and Sunday, May 19, 3:30pm at Christ Episcopal in Alameda. Learn more.

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