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Beethoven Orchestra Bonn

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Orchestrate a romantic evening

In a country in which outstanding classical music ensembles abound, Germany's Beethoven Orchestra Bonn is among the best. Founded more than a century ago, the orchestra has become a pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region. In addition to symphony concerts, domestic and international tours, and recording, the ensemble serves as the official orchestra of the Bonn Opera House. The orchestra, led by music director Stefan Blunier, specializes in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who studied with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber and American virtuoso Leon Fleisher, is celebrated for his interpretations of Beethoven compositions.

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Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Stefan Blunier
Louis Lortie

Orchestrate a romantic evening.

When you hear a movie soundtrack, you’re often listening to an orchestra. An orchestra plays symphonies, but it can play other types of music, too.

The word orchestra comes from the Greek orcheisthai, which means the dancing space. In ancient Greece, the orchestra was the area in the front of a stage reserved for the chorus. Today an orchestra is known as an instrumental ensemble as opposed to the space it fills. Orchestras include four sections: strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion. Did you know orchestras come in different sizes? A full-sized orchestra, often called a symphony or philharmonic orchestra, has as many as 100 musicians. A smaller version, called a chamber orchestra, typically has fewer than fifty musicians.

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Master Class

3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a two-hour master class featuring pianist Louis Lortie. Christopher Guzman, classical pianist and assistant professor of music at Penn State, leads the session.

Main Performance

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12
Eisenhower Auditorium

The all-Beethoven program at Penn State features the incomparable Symphony No. 5 in C minor. Lortie joins the ensemble for the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major.

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Adult $57  |  University Park Student $24  |  18 and Younger $39


Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).


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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Beethoven Orchestra Bonn principal horn player Geoffrey Winter, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

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