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.

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.

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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