MASTERWORKS CONCERT: All-Beethoven
Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
Free pre-concert talk 45 minutes before concert
Coriolan Overture - featuring a side-by-side performance with members of the F-M Area Youth Symphony Senior High Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" featuring guest pianist MATTI RAEKALLIO
Symphony No. 5
You know the most famous four notes in all of classical music – now hear the REST of the masterpiece! The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony kicks off the month-long, community-wide BEETHOVENFEST with an all-Beethoven concert of some of his greatest works.
According to Beethoven’s biographer, that “dum-dum-dum-DAAAH” musical figure represents Fate knocking at the door. Whether or not that’s what Beethoven had in mind, that simple four-note idea generates the musical material of the entire piece, making it an ideal listening experience for the classical music newcomer and long-time enthusiast alike.
The concert will open in spectacular style, with more than 160 musicians on the stage to perform the “Coriolan Overture.” Each year the symphony invites the F-M Area Youth Symphonies’ Senior High Symphony Orchestra members onstage to perform a piece side-by-side. These young musicians from around the region audition to be included in this elite grade 9-12 ensemble, directed by Jane Linde Capistran.
The “Emperor” Piano Concerto will feature Matti Raekallio as the guest soloist. Mr. Raekallio, a native of Finland and a dear friend of Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, taught at the Juilliard School until 2014, and is currently professor at the Hochschule fur Musik (University of Music) in Hannover, Germany.
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FMSO FAMILY CONCERT
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
As part of February's month-long community-wide BEETHOVENFEST, we are offering a concert that will truly appeal to all ages. Now is your opportunity to introduce your children to some of the world's greatest music, in an informal, fast-paced and enjoyable format.
Hosted by Ludwig van Beethoven himself (Jay Nelson, who will be portraying Beethoven during the month of February in Theatre B's presentation of 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman), the concert will offer excerpts of many of Beethoven's most famous musical works, plus some fun surprises!
Also included on the program will be a performance by teenage xylophonist CHRISTINA ERB, winner of the 2015 Young Artist Solo Competition. Read all about her in the Forum's recent feature story.
Tickets are only $15 adult, $10 senior, and $5 for kids!
Buy tickets here, at the door, or by calling our box office at 701-478-3676
BEETHOVENFEST will offer a wide variety of events, musical and otherwise, throughout the month of February. In addition to the comprehensive calendar that can be found at the Beethovenfest website, here is a handy listing of the events which will feature FMSO Musicians:
JANUARY 31/FEBRUARY 1 - ALL-BEETHOVEN Masterworks Concert
FEBRUARY 5 - MEET MR. BEETHOVEN FAMILY CONCERT
FEBRUARY 6-28 - 33 Variations, a play by Moises Kaufman at Theatre B, featuring FMSO Executive Director Linda Boyd
FEBRUARY 10 - BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION CONCERTS + ART IMPROVISATION at Plains Art Museum featuring FMSO cellist Bill Comita, NDSU clarinetist Cecilia Kang and pianist Tyler Wottrich
FEBRUARY 12 - BEER-THOVEN HAPPY HOUR - Junkyard Brewing Co., featuring FMSO TUBA QUARTET
FEBRUARY 14 - SATURDAY STRINGS - Fargo Library at 2:00, featuring FMSO cellist Bill Comita
FEBRUARY 19 - BEER-THOVEN HAPPY HOUR - Fargo Brewing Co., featuring FMSO TUBA QUARTET
FEBRUARY 26 - BEER-THOVEN HAPPY HOUR - Drekker Brewing Co., featuring FMSO TUBA QUARTET
MARCH 1 - BEERthoven & BRATS FMSO CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, 2:00 and 4:00 pm
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