Germany’s Beethoven Orchestra Bonn will perform some of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most famous pieces at 7:30 tonight in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Amy Dupain Vashaw, the audience and program development director for the Center for the Performing Arts, said the program for the concert is all Beethoven, with the orchestra playing Symphony No. 5 and Concerto No. 5.
Vashaw said Louis Lortie, a guest piano soloist who specializes in Beethoven, will play with the orchestra during Concerto No. 5.
John Mark Rafacz, editorial manager for the Center for Performing Arts, said both pieces reflect the same period of Beethoven’s growth as a composer.
The performance is part of the CPA’s Classical Music Project, a three-year initiative aimed at engaging students with classical music, Vashaw said.
“When students come to an institution of higher learning, they are not there just for book knowledge because there is an element of educating the whole person,” Vashaw said. “Learning about music goes a long way in educating the whole person.”
Stephan Möller, the timpanist of Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, said via email, the orchestra — which was founded over 100 years ago — will perform in the spirit of Beethoven.
Möller said the performance will “offer a new dimension of Beethoven” to present part of the orchestra’s heritage and cultural identity.
Rafacz said the performance will be fascinating to experience because an attendee can’t get the “full sound and sense of vibration of the orchestra until he or she comes and sees it live.”
“The audience will feel what it’s like to be inside two large pieces of music and retain the feeling of being engulfed by the music,” Vashaw said.
Marica S. Tacconi, professor of musicology, said the audience will appreciate the beauty and artistry in which the music is being performed.
Tickets are available at multiple locations and cost $24 for students, $57 for adults, and $39 for those 18 and younger.
In addition to the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn concert, a master class with guest pianist Louis Lortie at 3 p.m. today in Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall is free and open to the public.
Tacconi said the master class is an intimate experience for those who attend because they will be able to engage with Lortie on a personal level.
Vashaw said students prepared selections to play and Lortie will work with individual students to inject some of his technique and skill into what they have prepared.