Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

The Beethoven Experience: Pepsico Summerfare, August 4-6, 1989

Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

The Beethoven Experience: Pepsico Summerfare, August 4-6, 1989

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This summer Pepsico Summerfare will present a weekend program of particular importance to everyone interested in Beethoven, his music, and performance practices. The program, entitled "The Beethoven Experience," features the London Classical Players conducted by Roger Norrington. The series includes three concerts, five talks, three informal recitals, plus open rehearsals and discussions, and will he held at the Performing Arts Center, State University of New York at Purchase.

"The Beethoven Experience' was first organized by Roger Norrington and given in London on February 6-8, 1987. Norrington has also organized a Haydn Experience and a Berlioz Experience, all of which have been very successful. The reviewer for The New York Times commented that the London "Beethoven Experience" was fascinating, and provided "the most thoroughgoing examination yet of what Beethoven's symphonies sounded like at the time of their premieres."

Tickets for all twenty events of the 1989 Experience are $100, and group discounts are available. The Performing Arts Center at SUNY-Purchase is about forty minutes north of Manhattan in Westchester County. As noted below, buses will be available that leave from and return to Lincoln Center. Special hotel accomodation packages are available. Tickets go on sale in April, and should be purchased as soon as possible. For a brochure or more information, contact Peter Clark at 914-253-6730.

Saturday, August 5


Brunch (Buses leave Lincoln Center at 10:50 and 11:20).

1:00 p.m.

Opening concert, "The Ninth as culmination of the Classical symphony," introduced by Norrington with examples played on original instruments by the London Classical Players including movements by Haydn, Gluck, Mozart, Spohr, Cherubini, Mehul, Rossini, Weber, and Beethoven's symphonies.

3:20 p.m.

Illustrated talk, "The origins of Beethoven's symphonies."

4:30 p.m.

Presentation, "The Ninth in its time," the reception of the Ninth in the 1820s, including readings from Schiller by an actor, Beethoven's letters and conversation books, and contemporary' accounts and critical assessments.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Supper break and choice of:

6:00 p.m.

The Gainsborough Quartet on original instruments playing movements from Beethoven's Opuses 18, 59, and 127


Sanford Sylvan, baritone, with Melvyn Tan, fortepiano, in a recital of songs on Schiller texts by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, including An die feme Geliebte. …

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