Jan 26

Sheena McCall Chamber Classics

Beethoven Begins


Sunday, January 26th, 2:30pm | TICKETS


Bijou Theatre

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Sheena McCall

An exploration of Beethoven’s early years

As we embark on Beethoven’s 250th year, we “Begin” with an exploration of Beethoven’s early years as a young phenom, newly arrived on the music scene in Vienna and trying to make his mark. This program also features a new concert format, combining chamber music and orchestral music. Any understanding of Beethoven’s spirit has to include his string quartets, of which the Principal Quartet will perform Opus 18, No. 6, followed by his oft-overlooked, unbearably beautiful Violin Romances. Of his many gifts to music, perhaps Beethoven’s most significant one was redefining the genre of the symphony. While Symphony No. 1 did not yet contain the stormy drama with which we associate Beethoven, it both was a musical nod to his mentor Haydn and hinted at what was to come in the not distant future: a clear game-changer for the music world.


Aram Demirjian, conductor

Ruth Bacon, violin

Zofia Glashauser, violin

KSO Principal String Quartet


Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 6

Beethoven: Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra

Beethoven: Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 prior to the day of the concert (M-F, 9-5). Offer not available online or at the door. Questions: boxoffice@knoxvillesymphony.com.

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