We are very excited and proud to announce our most ambitious season to date. Beethoven turns 250 years old in 2020, and to celebrate, the Kingston Symphony will present all nine of his symphonies over the course of our Masterworks Series, alongside all sorts of magnificent repertoire. Pianist Avan Yu returns as we venture through our Rachmaninoff cycle. We will premiere Ryan Trew’s brand new symphony written just for us. The Rite of Spring returns to the Kingston Symphony stage for the first time in a decade. Throughout, we make the glorious journey through Beethoven’s complete symphonic works, one concert at a time. Being able to experience his genius throughout the space of the season will be an absolute revelation.
A predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras, Ludwig van Beethoven remains one of the most recognized and influential of all composers. Born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age giving his first public performance at age seven. At the age of 21, he moved to Vienna, Austria, where he studied composition with Franz Joseph Haydn. During this time, he also gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.
Beethoven’s best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, one mass, and one opera. By his late 20s, Beethoven’s hearing started to deteriorate and he was almost completely deaf by the last decade of his life. In 1811, he stopped conducting and performing in public, but continued to compose. Many of his most admired works come from the last 15 years of his life. Beethoven lived in Vienna until his death in 1827.
Click below to see our 2019-2020 concert listings and buy tickets for Beethoven at 250. You do not want to miss a minute of this unbelievable season!