Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Festival Announcement: "Beethoven: The Age of Revolution and Romance"; the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, California (October 4, 1998 - May 23, 1999)

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Festival Announcement: "Beethoven: The Age of Revolution and Romance"; the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, California (October 4, 1998 - May 23, 1999)

Article excerpt

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, California will be presenting an eight-month festival in the 1998/99 season to "celebrate the genius of Beethoven and place his extraordinary accomplishments in a rich historical context." The festival is made possible through generous grants from the Leo Friedman Foundation and the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation.

The highlight of the festival will be the United States exclusive premiere in May 1999 of all nine symphonies by the London-based Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. All performances will be held in the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The performances of the symphonies will be broadcast live on KKGO and KKHI in San Francisco and KBACH in San Diego.

In addition, from January 30 through March 21, in conjunction with the festival, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana will host an exhibit of historical musical instruments on loan from America's Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota. The exhibit will feature strings, winds, keyboards, and percussion instruments. The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies will contribute Beethoven manuscripts and first editions (including the first editions of all nine symphonies).

For a festival flyer, more information, or to purchase tickets, contact The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612-1113 (949-553-2422).

Preliminary Schedule

(as of July 1998)

October 4, 1998

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Mozart's Fortepiano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478; Beethoven's String Trio in G Major, Opus 9, no. …

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