- Saturday, 07 Nov 2009
- Ambassador Auditorium
- 8 pm
- Jeffrey Kahane, conductor, piano & musical tour guide
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 listen
Unlock a musical treasure.
The mighty Fifth Symphony of Beethoven is arguably the most famous and popular symphony ever written, yet many music lovers have never had the opportunity to learn how this miraculous masterpiece works its magic on us.
In the first half of the concert, music director Jeffrey Kahane and the Orchestra lead you on a guided tour of the inner workings of a great masterpiece, using examples from the Fifth and other symphonies, and performing selections from other important Beethoven works for solo piano and chamber ensemble, including excerpts from the “Moonlight” and “Pathetique” sonatas. Kahane enhances the discussion with readings from Beethoven’s own writings on his life and music and those of others. After intermission, you’ll enjoy a complete performance of the symphony followed by Q&A with Jeffrey Kahane and the musicians.
By exploring the concept of tonality, beginning with fundamental yet perpetually intriguing questions like, “Why is the Fifth Symphony in the key of C minor and not some other key, and what does it really mean for a piece to be in a key?” Kahane illuminates one of music’s most familiar monuments in a way that inspires and fascinates new listeners and veteran concert-goers alike.
Don’t miss this opportunity for one-of-a-kind musical enrichment. You’ll come away with the key to a new world of musical understanding.
An exuberant conductor, sensitive pianist and wonderful communicator, LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane possesses “undeniable charisma.” Denver Post
Discover Beethoven 5 is not included in the 7-concert series. Subscribers get the first chance to purchase tickets. Donors receive preference in seating.
Interested in Discover Beethoven 5? Visit LACO’s online store on amazon.com to find CDs of Beethoven’s works and books about his colorful life.
read the Program Notes
There will be no Concert Preludes before this concert.
Make a night of it! Enjoy some of the great Pasadena restaurants near Ambassador Auditorium.
The duration of the concert is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes including a 20 minute intermission.
box office info
Call Jacquie, Marcella or Laura in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 215, Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and on concert days from noon to 4 pm. The box office is closed on public holidays.
Tickets $100, 85, 50, 20