Led by resident conductor Scott O'Neil, "Best of Beethoven" presents an emblematic banquet of Beethoven's greatest works - each introduced by O'Neil in a welcoming and relaxed setting. Delve into Beethoven's world and learn about his "Titan-esque"
American baritone Robert Gardner returns to "Best of Beethoven" to reprise a movement from "An die ferne geliebte" ("To the Distant Beloved") - Beethoven's sole song cycle. It is considered the first song cycle by a major composer. "An die ferne geliebte" played a unique role in creating the lieder tradition of Romantic songs for singer and piano. (Lieder is a term used for art songs for solo voice and piano. Lied is the German word for song.) Composed in 1816 and said to have been inspired by his "Immortal Beloved" - an unknown lover - it established the 19th-century genre of the Romantic song cycle.
About Robert Gardner
American baritone Robert Gardner has appeared with numerous opera houses and symphony orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia, including New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Bavarian National Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Edmonton Opera, the Munich Philharmonic, and the major symphonies of Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas and San Diego, as well as Daejeon Symphony in South Korea. Originally from Denver, his opera credits include debuts as Marcello in La Bohème at New York City Opera, Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly," and Zurga in "The Pearl Fishers." He also appeared as Robert Storch in R. Strauss' domestic comedy "Intermezzo"
BEST OF BEETHOVEN: SUMMER SEASONINGS DINING MENU
This Summer Seasonings concert presented by PCL offers preconcert fine dining on the Galleria and the chance to enjoy dinner while soaking in the rays of the setting sun, just before making the short walk indoors to Boettcher Concert Hall. The dining option is $50 per person and includes a three-course meal and a glass of champagne, coffee or tea. Patrons can make reservations today at www.coloradosymphony.org.
Live outdoor musical performances and bar service will begin at 5:00 p.m., and dinner service will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Patrons will need to arrive for dinner by 5:15 p.m. for seating.
Strawberry Fields Salad
Fresh crisp mixed greens, sliced strawberries, blackberries and raspberries with crumbled goat cheese, spiced pecans and cornbread croutons, strawberry and white balsamic vinaigrette
Wildflower Honey and Balsamic Chicken
French cut breast of chicken marinated with wild flower honey and balsamic vinegar presented with stone fruit salsa, tri-color cous cous pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetables
Orange Glazed Salmon
Citrus and chive marinated salmon presented with orange cranberry glaze, wild rice pilaf and fresh vegetable medley
Espresso, mascarpone, chocolate and lady fingers
Scott O'Neil, resident conductor
Robert Gardner, baritone
Overture to "The Creatures of Prometheus"
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 26, Finale: Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, Op. 27, "Moonlight"
First Movement: Adagio sostenuto
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, "Eroica," Finale: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, First Movement: Allegro con brio
"An die ferne geliebte"
First Movement: "Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend"
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Finale: Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Finale (excerpt)
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011
Boettcher Concert Hall
Concert tickets currently start from $15, and alfresco dining is available for $50. Tickets for both the concert and dining are for sale at the Colorado Symphony Box Office at www.coloradosymphony.org, by calling (303) 623-7876 or (877) 292-7979, or in-person in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Margaret A. Williams
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Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and throughout the Front Range, presenting outstanding education and outreach programs, as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, and the exciting new "Inside the Score" series that has attracted a historic level of first-time concertgoers. By presenting music that is both timeless and inspiring, while taking risks with new musical collaborations and interactive concerts, the Colorado Symphony is attracting more diverse and younger audiences than ever before. To date, 30 percent of the 2010/11 season concertgoers are new patrons. The increasing popularity of Colorado Symphony concerts as well as a strong fund-raising base not only re-affirms the artistic excellence of the orchestra, but also reflects the deep-rooted enthusiasm for symphonic music felt by so many individuals across the region. For more information, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.