Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven 2020 | The Seventh
Approximate running time: 2 hours
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Only at SPAC can you journey through Beethoven’s life with the complete symphonic cycle in four consecutive evenings. Buy the Beethoven 2020 Pass now and save 15% off!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8pm
Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8pm
Tickets to our pre-performance talks are not yet available - we will email all ticket purchasers once reservations are open.
Gates open at 6pm for evening performances.
The complete symphonic cycle will kick-off with the New York Premiere of Fate Now Conquers composed by Carlos Simon and inspired by Beethoven and written in dialogue with his symphonies.
Buoyant and humorous, the Eighth Symphony belies none of the composer’s worsening health issues or what had to be the devastating end of a love affair, detailed in a famous letter written around the same time to his “Immortal Beloved.” Perhaps the least known, the Fourth was widely admired: Schumann compared it to “a slender Greek maiden” between the two “Norse giants” of the Third and Fifth; Berlioz insisted it was the work of an angel. And Tchaikovsky described the triumphant Seventh as “full of unrestrained joy, full of bliss and pleasure of life.” The exhilarating and familiar second movement is said to have been so inspiring at the premiere, an encore was demanded instantly.
For more information on our 2020 Philadelphia Orchestra season, click here.