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Roll Over, Beethoven!

Saturday, May 14: Beethoven Festival

Painting by  Joseph Karl Stieler / Public Domain

Occasionally, I get asked if Beethoven is relevant to musical culture in the mid-21st century. Without qualification, my answer is a resounding, "Hell yeah." Without the intensity of Ludwig Van, the transition from the austere yet highly ornamented, controlled emotionality of the Baroque period may have persisted in 19th century Europe, preventing the advent of romanticism, impressionism and consequently, the modernism of the early 20 century. And so on.

Without Beethoven, there is no rocanrol. As the old master himself said, "Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, breathes and invents." If you care to indulge in such lines of thinking, then check out the Santa Fe Symphony's Beethoven Festival this weekend.

The recital features performances of an intriguing piece the composer wrote for the opera Fidelio (Leonore Overture No. 3), the Choral Fantasy for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus, the march and chorus from The Ruins of Athens and the always amazing and astonishing Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Guest conductor Ryan McAdams takes up the baton for this outing and pianist Sean Chen is the featured soloist. Tickets range in price from $25-80. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe • Sat May 14 • 7pm • $25-$80 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar