Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

The Northwest Beethoven Festival and Symposium: Victoria, British Columbia

Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

The Northwest Beethoven Festival and Symposium: Victoria, British Columbia

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An extensive Beethoven Festival will be held at the University of Victoria School of Music, from March 5-29,1986, comprising a series of twelve concerts, a major scholarly symposium on Beethoven's orchestral music, and other events. The concert series will include a number of lecture/recitals on piano masterworks of Beethoven's later years, such as the "Hammerklavier" Sonata, "Diabelli" Variations, and the last sonata, Op. 111, given by guest artist Pierre Jasmin, from Montreal, and conference organizer William Kinderman. The first full recital of the series will be given by Eva Solar-Kinderman on March 10th, including the Beethoven Sonata in G major, Op. 31 no. 1, as well as the Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 79, and Schubert's Sonata in B flat major, Op. post. Solar-Kinderman's concerts have met with enthusiastic acclaim: one reviewer, in Zurich's Die Tat, wrote that "Unless everything deceives us, Eva Solar-Kinderman stands at the beginning of a great career."

Other concerts are clustered around the time of the International Beethoven Symposium on March 21-23. A concert of lieder, folk-song settings, and humorous canons will be given by the University of Victoria Chamber Singers on Friday, March 21, between sessions of the symposium. That same evening, University performance faculty will present a varied program of chamber music by Beethoven, including the seldom-heard Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano, WoO 37, the "Archduke" Trio, Op. 97, and the Bagatelles, Op. 126, played by Solar-Kinderman. On the following evening the acclaimed duo of Paul Kling, violinist, and Robin Wood, pianist, will perform three of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas: Op. 12, no. 1, Op. 96, and the "Kreutzer," Op. 47.

Concluding the concert series are works for orchestra. The University Wind Symphony, conducted by Jesse Read, performs "Wellington's Victory" on March 24th. Finally, on the 29th, the University Little Orchestra, comprised of faculty and advanced students, conducted by Timothy Vernon, will perform an all-Beethoven program, including the "Pastoral" Symphony, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and the Violin Concerto, Op. 61, with Paul Kling as soloist.

Many of the world's most prominent Beethoven scholars will be participating in the International Beethoven Symposium during March 21-23. This symposium will explore Beethoven's orchestra music, a topic designed to complement the theme of the last major scholarly conference on Beethoven held at Bonn in 1984, which dealt with the chamber music. …

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