Belated Beethoven Birthday Celebration

MAY 1, 2021
Saturday at 8 PM

Leon Botstein conducts the first of two concerts celebrating one of the greatest composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, after the pandemic shut down many of the concerts planned last year for the 250th anniversary of his birth. The program features his beloved 5th and 7th symphonies, as well as his Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano. The Bard Conservatory Orchestra will continue the festivities with more works by Beethoven in a concert streaming on May 8.

Both concerts will be introduced by Congolese chemist and novelist Emmanuel Dongala, author of the 2017 historical novel The Bridgetower Sonata.
>Read more about Emmanuel Dongala

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Stuart Stritzler-Levine, professor emeritus of psychology and emeritus dean of Bard College, who passed away on May 1, 2020. Stritzler-Levine joined the Bard faculty in 1964 and devoted 56 years of continuous service to the College.
>Read more about Stuart Stritzler-Levine


Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5

Triple Concerto

Symphony No. 7

Program Detail

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Brief remarks by Emmanuel Dongala

Brief remarks by TŌN trombonist Ian Striedter

Brief remarks by conductor Leon Botstein

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5
30 min
>Read the concert notes, written by TŌN bassoonist Philip McNaughton

Brief remarks by TŌN trumpet player Samuel Exline

Ludwig van Beethoven Triple Concerto
Adele Anthony violin
Peter Wiley cello
Shai Wosner piano
38 min
>Read the concert notes, written by TŌN trumpet player Maggie Tsan-Jung Wei

Brief remarks by TŌN flutist Leanna Ginsburg

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7
40 min
>Read the concert notes, written by TŌN oboist JJ Silvey

All timings are approximate.

Sample the Music

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Beethoven Triple Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 7