Beethoven

Battle Creek Symphony

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 -- the "apotheosis of the dance," according to Richard Wagner - is the centerpiece of a virtual concert by the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Nov 21. It's her favorite Beethoven symphony, admits conductor Anne Harrigan, who conducted the performance to film for this release. Harrigan previewed the music and talked about her commitment to keeping audiences engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online concert is free; register here.


Erin Baiano

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Nov 20, Fontana will showcase the innovative American quartet Brooklyn Rider in an online concert.  Known for its commitment to the music of today and its collaborations with a surprising range of artists, from banjoist Bela Fleck to Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes, Friday's program will be based on Brooklyn Rider's newest release, Healing Modes. It is centered around one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire: Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15, which includes the "Song of Thanksgiving." Cara Lieurance talks to founding member and violist Nicholas Cords to find out more.


Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

In Beethoven's ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, Prometheus transforms "not-quite-living" people into fully alive humans with the gifts of art, science, and music. After the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the symphony's season, that story gave Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra music director Julian Kuerti the inspiration to direct and edit a short film of the Kalamazoo Symphony musicians playing their parts from their homes. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Kuerti "pulls back the curtain" on how he took on the challenge of editing individual sound and video files into a cohesive film, which would pay tribute to Beethoven's message and the musicians of his orchestra.  


Yesterday afternoon in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College, pianist Igor Levit played the final three piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, Opp. 30, 31 and 32. It was Levit's solo debut at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, which presented him with the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in January. 

Levit and Cara Lieurance discuss the recital and the music of Beethoven, whose Concerto No. 4 is on the program Saturday for the Festival Finale concert. Warmth and improvisation are some qualities Levit sees in the concerto's writing, saying the piano part "almost disappears" at times in the ebb and flow of the orchestra. While sampling a 1942 recording of Artur Schnabel and the Chicago Symphony, Levit says he regularly listens to music of all kinds, which leads to a discussion of one-of-a-kind jazz pianist Fred Hersch.

Mr. Levit and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, led by music director emeritus Raymond Harvey, will appear on Saturday, May 12 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. Details are available at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival website.


Cleveland Orchestra Performance at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. Conducted by Andrew Grams. Actor: Jeff Kuhl
Classical Kids Live

On October 4th, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven Lives Upstairs. A popular kids program about a young boy who lives below a supposed “madman” named Ludwig van Beethoven. Vignettes of Beethoven and the boy are interspersed with the music Beethoven is known for.