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Santa Maria Philharmonic: Spirited Symphonies: Es Muss Sein – Saluting Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

We launch a year-long celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his Symphony No. 8 as a centerpiece of the concert which also offers works by Mozart and Bartók.

One of Bartók’s most popular works, Romanian Folk Dances is based on instrumental melodies he heard and recorded while doing fieldwork in Transylvania.  The often haunting Romanian folk melodies represent authentic folk music. Bartók added a minimal accompaniment with rich and unique harmonic coloring, and exciting and lively rhythmic foundations.   Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertant will feature the exceptional artistry of Concertmaster Mary Beth Woodruff and guest violist Andrew Duckles. This work is often regarded as Mozart’s greatest string concerto. The slow middle movement is in the spirit of an opera aria, with passion and pathos, and unparalleled beauty.

Do the most difficult and fateful events in the lives of the great composers somehow bring forth their most awesome works of art? This is often the question, especially when one hears Beethoven’s daring and brilliant Symphony No. 8.  Written the same year as the infamous and heart-breaking letter to his “Immortal Beloved,” which is full of doom and self-pity, the ebullient Symphony No. 8 explodes with high-spirits and merriment. Beethoven’s determination and optimism are clearly present in this work. “‘Es muss sein:” it must be.

Tickets range from $45 for preferred seating, which holds seats in the front rows, to $15 for students.  Seniors and military enjoy a $5 discount. 

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