Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash

Presented By Allen Philharmonic Orchestra

About this event

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for fall 2020.

Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the Allen Philharmonic and enjoy a performance of three of his iconic works!

The Coriolan Overture, written for Heinrich von Collin’s play Coriolan, is based on one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed tragedies, Coriolanus. Beethoven only wrote the overture for the tragedy basing his music on the main character not the entire story. Today, the Coriolan Overture is recognized as the first truly abstract overture, one that would serve as the archetype for other composers.

The 2019 Grand Prize Winner, Russian pianist Artem Kuznetsov, will join the Orchestra and Symphony Chorus as we feature the unique work Choral Fantasy. This piece is a direct spiritual predecessor to the Ode to Joy portion of the Ninth Symphony, and in Choral Fantasy we see the first glimmers of what’s to come.

The anchor of the program will be the maestro’s Seventh Symphony, a crowd favorite since it was written. Composer and Music Author Anthony Hopkins states “The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as “one of my best works.” Who are we to dispute his judgment?”

Come for some cake (literally) and help us celebrate the greatest musical titan of them all!


Adults $28*

Seniors $23*

Students $18* (6th Grade through College)

Child $13* (Ages 3 through 6th Grade)

* all prices listed include applicable processing fees

  1. Time
    Saturday, Apr. 4: 7:30pm
Lowery Auditorium
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The Allen Philharmonic is a professional orchestra founded in 1998. We present classical concerts featuring great composers, choral works, and recognized soloists, to entertain and enrich the community.