Local, state residents about to get a taste of Beethoven; Austin Symphony plans Beethoven Bash as Minnesota Orchestra plans marathon

Published 10:48 am Monday, March 30, 2015

The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Beethoven Bash II won’t be the only upcoming opportunity for classical music-lovers to get a taste of the maestro’s music.

ASO will put on the bash at 2 p.m. April 12 at the Paramount Theatre, and the Minnesota Orchestra is also planning a Beethoven marathon during its new season.

An Austin bash

The ASO show will feature Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong on piano. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children and students can attend for free.

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Dong landed among the top six finalists during the 2013 Cliburn Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence,” as the Dallas Morning News put it.

A Minnesota Marathon

The Minnesota Orchestra will perform all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies plus all five Beethoven piano concertos over just eight days.

Also planned are llve concert recordings of “Kullervo” and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius featuring a Finnish male choir.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports new this season will be a series of chamber concerts in the Orchestra Hall atrium.

The orchestra also is experimenting with starting some Saturday evening concerts at 6 p.m.

Travel also is in store for the season. The orchestra will have a weeklong Common Chords residency in Detroit Lakes in September. In March 2016, it will return to Carnegie Hall for the first time in five years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report