2020-2021 BTVN250 Festival



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In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, Alain Trudel and the TSO perform Symphonies Nos. 1-8 in a 3-day marathon of music at the Valentine in September and Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater in February. Hear works that forever changed the face of symphonic music and catch a glimpse of Beethoven’s tragic life through the lens of his compositions.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven – Symphony No. 1
Beethoven – Symphony No. 3

Every master of his craft has an origin story, and the great Ludwig van Beethoven is no exception. Hear his first symphony called “a farewell to the eighteenth century” against the music of his revolutionary Eroica Symphony, challenging the rules of composition and forever altering the course of symphonic music as we know it.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 2:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6
Beethoven – Symphony No. 8

Hear and picture a colorful painting of the countryside and a tempestuous storm that looms ahead. Beethoven’s expert use of the orchestral palette in his Pastoral Symphony catapulted programmatic music to a new level. Then, delight to Beethoven’s sunniest symphony, full of energy and optimism. This piece is sure to inspire and charm.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven – Symphony No. 2
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Behind the exuberance of Beethoven’s Second Symphony was a man grappling with the reality of his growing deafness. Written during a period of intense emotional turmoil, Beethoven’s Second Symphony nonetheless exudes optimism. His mighty Fifth is perhaps music’s most famous example of an individual triumphing over the dictates of fate.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 2:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven – Symphony No. 4
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7

Beethoven’s bright and sunny Fourth Symphony opens this final program of the marathon. Dubbed the “apotheosis of dance” by Wagner, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony remains one of his most beloved works for its haunting and powerful second movement, used in movies, including The Fall, The King’s Speech, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

Friday, February 5 & Saturday, February 6, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

In his ninth and final symphony, Beethoven overcame his profound deafness and perceived limits of a symphony orchestra to compose one of the greatest works ever written. The capstone of this season’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, don’t miss this iconic masterpiece with universal messages of love, freedom, and humanity.

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