VIDEO FLASHBACK: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

TŌN Music Director Leon Botstein led the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven‘s iconic Fifth Symphony this past May in a livestreamed, physically distanced concert from the Fisher Center at Bard. TŌN bassoonist Philip McNaughton notes that the symphony’s “four-note opening motif evokes an immediate reaction from not only the most avid classical music appreciator, but also from someone who has never stepped foot into a concert hall before. It has been played by world-class orchestras in almost every city around the world, and has even been heard in McDonald’s commercials. The piece premiered in Vienna in 1808 at a momentous all-Beethoven program that is said to have lasted four hours, at which the composer himself conducted and performed on the piano.” You can read Philip’s full concert notes on the symphony by clicking here.