Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The 1999-2000 Season of the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The 1999-2000 Season of the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society

Article excerpt

THE 1999-2000 SEASON, WHICH MARKED THE MILLENNIUM, also marked the fifth anniversary of the founding of the New York Chapter. A major goal, stated in 1995 when we established the chapter, is to provide our members - as well as the public - with programs of and about Beethoven, and this season's schedule presented very interesting and unusual events.

The banner opening concert was a performance in the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Opus 120, by the distinguished pianist and scholar Charles Rosen. Mr. Rosen's reading of this complex and notoriously demanding score was authoritative, technically brilliant, and completely lucid in its organization. The pianist began the program with the Sonata in F Major, Opus 54, and ended it with two of the Bagatelles from Opus 119 as encores. The capacity audience included two visitors from the San José Executive Board: President Tom Wendel and Nancy Ianni.

Later in the fall the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College and our chapter jointly presented a concert performance of the complete incidental music to Goethe's Egmont, Opus 84, played by the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony conducted by Kenneth Klein. The spoken material linking the musical numbers Beethoven composed for the play was narrated by famed diva Regina Resnik, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Marjorie Elinor Dix sang "Clarchen's lied" with touching expression. The program included the Overture to Coriolanus and the Concerto no. 5 ("Emperor") with Gerald Robbins as soloist. …

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