Detroit, (February 1, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will make history in the coming weeks as it launches its first Beethoven festival in 36 years. Reviving the masterful works of Ludwig van Beethoven, led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, the performances will take place the entire month of February starting with Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel on February 6 and culminating in a weekend of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Feb. 21-24. The first program featuring Beethoven Symphonies 3 & 8 will take place Friday, February 8 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. The second program by the DSO featuring Beethoven Symphony 4 & 5 will take place Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

The Beethoven Symphonies 3 & 8 concert will be webcast to a global audience on Friday, February 8 at 10:45 a.m. and Symphonies 4 & 5 will be webcast on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

The DSO invites all patrons to join us for a host of free pre-concert performances and lectures one hour prior to the DSO’s performances. On Friday, February 8, patrons are welcome to experience a lecture lead by University of Michigan Beethoven Scholar Steven Whiting. The pre-concert programs prior to the Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 programs will feature DSO musicians as they perform Beethoven’s Septet. Presentations and performances will take place in Orchestra Hall.

February’s Beethoven Festival will immerse metro Detroit audiences in works that span Beethoven’s entire genre-altering career. Events throughout the month will include performances of all nine symphonies, a keyboard conversation with renowned pianist Jeffery Siegel, a marathon performance of all 32 piano sonatas, and pre-concert chamber music and lectures.

Distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations — a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format in which lively captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of Beethoven’s masterpieces of piano repertoire.

The free Piano Sonata Marathon will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 in The Music Box beginning at 8 a.m. The repertoire will be performed by 33 young artists, representing a variety of educational institutions: Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Pioneer High School, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

For a full schedule of Beethoven Festival events, visit dso.org/beethoven.


Tickets to the Beethoven Festival: Symphonies 3&8 and 4&5 begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org.  Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Beethoven Symphonies Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Fri., Feb.8 at 10:45 a.m.

Fri., Feb.8 at 8 p.m.

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Beethoven Symphonies Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Sat., Feb.9 at 8 p.m.

Sun. Feb.10, at 3 p.m.

BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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