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The Beethoven Festival

June 8, 2010 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


A joyous tour of all nine symphonies!
Bernard Haitink celebrates his four-year tenure as principal conductor of the CSO with a three-week festival dedicated to the most beloved composer of all time.

The Second Symphony makes use of the same instruments as his First Symphony, but Beethoven’s masterly instrumentation weds the orchestral sound to the dramatic structure in a new and inspired way. Basil Deane has written that the Eroica “marks an expansion of musical scale which is without precedent in instrumental composition.” The work was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he crowned himself emperor and the composer withdrew the dedication in anger.

Beethoven String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4

Hermine Gagné violin
Fox Fehling violin
Charles Pikler viola
David Sanders cello

6:30 to 7:30 FREE Preconcert Exploration

The traditional preconcert conversation is expanded to include chamber music featuring CSO musicians and program commentary by Lawrence Rapchak.


June 8, 2010
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL United States

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