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2/1/12: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1804, by WJ Mahler
Ludwig van Beethoven, 1804, by WJ Mahler

By Doug Fabrizio

2/1/12: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Salt Lake City, Utah – Even if you're not an aficionado of classical music, it's very likely you would recognize the first four notes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. You know - it's the one that goes "DUH DUH DUH DUUUH." This weekend, the Utah Symphony is performing the iconic work under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer. We're using it as an opportunity to talk to music scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly about the night in 1808 when Beethoven's Fifth was first performed and about why it has endured for more than 200 years.

  • Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, Utah Symphony will perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Also featured are two works of French Composer Gabriel Faure and the world premiere of Swiss Composer Michael Jarrell's Cello Concerto. For tickets and information, call 801-355-ARTS or click here
  • Starting tonight, February 1, the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera and the Salt Lake Public Library present a four-part Celebrating Beethoven Film Series. Tonight at 7pm at the Main Library Auditorium you can see two documentaries revealing the man behind the music -- Whole Notes: Ludwig van Beethoven, Triumph Over Adversity & Biography: Beethoven, The Sound and the Fury. For more information on that and future screenings, visit the Purchase a CD of today's RadioWest. Please reference show #2196
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