Beethoven 250th Celebrated: True Freedom Through True Art
Monday, December 16, 2019 | 7:00PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
‘“If people understood my music better, there would be no war.” – Ludwig von Beethoven
Ludwig von Beethoven transcends all boundaries. More than any other musician, and perhaps because of his collaboration with Friedrich Schiller, Beethoven has been call the “Musician of Freedom”. Throughout the world, everyone considers it an honor to cloth themselves in the spirit of Beethoven. Thirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, Leonard Bernstein famously conducted the Beethoven Ninth Symphony after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the days right after the fall of the wall, groups of people spontaneously gathered and sang the words of the ninth symphony.
Even more than his identification with freedom, Beethoven is identified with the man’s triumph over adversity, over insurmountable odds, over impossibility. Especially in the later case—his deftness at age 30 did not stop him from compositing some of the most complex yet most accessible and uplifting music ever written. As pianist Claudio Arrau once remarked, “in Beethoven, there is always a portrayal of the most noble of struggles. And in the end, he wins!”
December 16th is Ludwig von Beethoven’s birthday. On Monday, December 16, 2019, the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture is pleased to present three of Beethoven’s most famous compositions—Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor", Op. 73 and "Ode to Joy". Renowned concert pianists Tian Jiang and soloists Angela Renee Simpson, Everett Suttle, Mary Philips and Kevin Short, along with the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra and Harlem Boys & Girls Alumni Chorus, will be conducted Maestro Jiang Jin Yi, Music Director and Principle Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, China, as well as the Music director and President of the China National Choir.
BRAHMS Nänie, Op. 82,
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor,
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor"
Ureuk Symphony Orchestra
Harlem Boys Alumni Chorus
Mary Phillip, alto