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Beethoven 2020 At SPAC

Aug 19, 2020

Saratoga Performing Arts Center announces the continuation of SPAC REIMAGINED with a virtual Beethoven 2020 festival, which will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Highlighting the virtual festival are special events including an exclusive Beethoven recital with pianist Jonathan Biss (8/21), the World Premiere of "Testament" (8/22), a theatrical production in collaboration with Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and more.

Elizabeth Sobol is president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Sue Elliott
Marco Borggreve

Sue Elliott is the Director of The Tanglewood Learning Institute. She joined us to discuss TLI's online master classes, educational series, ShopTalks, OpenForums, celebration of the 250th anniversary Beethoven's birth, and more. 

Keith Lockhart
Marco Borggreve

Having celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor this year, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He has conducted more than 1,800 Boston Pops concerts.

Sadly, of course, right now - there are no concerts to conduct. But The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Learning Institute are working together to provide classical music education and entertainment in new and exciting socially distances ways.

Mark Volpe
Marco Borggreve

It sounds impossible to believe, but hundreds of thousands of music lovers will not be taking in concerts from the rolling green grass at Tanglewood this summer because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But, The Boston Symphony Orchestra is taking its acclaimed, months-long music festival into the digital realm.

BSO musicians — along with a wide range of guest artists — are helping to produce original, pre-recorded performances for the new Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

Mark Volpe is the President and CEO of The BSO and he joined us.

Emanuel Ax
Lisa Marie Mazzucco / https://emanuelax.com/

Pianist and Tanglewood mainstay Emanuel Ax made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in 1978. In this modified online season, Ax will perform a Great Performers Recital online on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Nicole Cabell.

Ax will perform music in which he is an acknowledged master - an all-Beethoven program featuring two of the composer’s earlier sonatas. He will also perform in August with friend and collaborator, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

Sarah LaDuke

It sounds impossible to believe, but hundreds of thousands of music lovers will not be taking in concerts from the rolling green grass at Tanglewood this summer because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is taking its acclaimed, months-long music festival into the digital realm.

BSO musicians — along with a wide range of guest artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Joshua Bell — are helping to produce original, pre-recorded performances for the new Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

Encore and archival performances are also part of the lineup, in addition to informal conversations with artists and master classes.

According to BSO president and CEO Mark Volpe, more than eight million people have engaged virtually with the organization's output over the past two months and they hope for much more this summer.