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How to Hear Beethoven's Fifth and a Grammy Award-Winning Classical Guitarist In One Concert This Weekend

In the vast realm of classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 stands as a towering testament to the genius of a composer who defied convention and redefined the boundaries of musical expression. Composed between 1804 and 1808, this symphony has transcended centuries, captivating audiences with its dramatic intensity and profound emotional depth. This weekend, you can hear it performed live by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Georgia.

The CSO's Beethoven's Fifth concert is expected to be among the most popular of the season. In addition to featuring the famous symphony, the orchestra's Maestro George Del Gobbo has programmed an exciting evening of repertoire intended to keep the audience on its toes.

“Beethoven built a reputation for writing music that expressed stormy passion and conflict," said Del Gobbo. "The Fifth Symphony represents the epitome of that fact.  Its perceived battle against Fate and the resulting triumphant resolution and victory of man over circumstance has made this, perhaps, the most famous, often-played symphony ever. At the opposite end of the emotional spectrum you'll find the most famous guitar concerto (Concierto de aranjuez by Roldrigo), and a delightful romp through the Andes by Californian composer Gabriela Lena Frank.”

The evening features guest artist and Grammy Award-winner Jason Vieaux. The renowned American classical guitarist is famous for his virtuosity, artistry, and versatility. He established himself as a prominent figure in the world of classical guitar by captivating audiences with his expressive playing and impeccable technique. Throughout his career, Vieaux has demonstrated a deep commitment to both traditional and contemporary repertoire, collaborating with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and composers alike. In addition to his concert career, Vieaux is a dedicated educator, holding positions at prestigious institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music. Vieaux will perform the second piece on the concert, Concierto de aranjuez by Roldrigo, with previous performances of the piece rising to critical acclaim.

Jason Vieaux as photographed by Tyler Boye

Saturday's concert will be preceded by an Open Rehearsal at 12:30PM at RiverCenter. Open Rehearsals take place on Saturday the day of all Masterworks and Legacy Hall series concerts. During the rehearsals, the performance hall doors are open and the house lights are on to create an informal setting that is welcoming to all. It is perfect for families with small children to gain exposure to the art form. It is also great for those who may not be able to sit long, are uncomfortable in the dark, unable to attend the concert at night, cannot afford the evening ticket prices, and many other barriers that prevent people from attending concerts. Attendees are given the option of “paying what they want” by providing a donation or attending for free. You set the price!

In addition, concert attendees are invited to join the CSO at 6:30PM in Studio Theatre for Know the Score, a pre-concert discussion with Maestro George Del Gobbo about the music being performed at the 7:30PM concert. Know the Score is an informative way to get to know the Maestro and learn from him directly about exactly what you'll be listening to for the evening. This program is included with concert ticket purchase, and all are welcome to attend.  ◼️

If You Go:

What: Beethoven's Fifth When: Saturday, February 10 at 7:30PM Where: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

Still need tickets? Find them here!


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