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Beethoven Summer Festival

August 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm MDT

Join your Fort Collins Symphony for an All-Beethoven Summer Festival! This concert features three of Beethoven’s most famous works: the enchanting Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring pianist David Korevaar, the spirited Symphony No. 7, and the dramatic Coriolan Overture.


Friday, August 12th
7:00 PM


Timberline Church
2908 S. Timberline Road
Fort Collins, CO 80525


$32 adult, $12 student/child
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Beethoven Summer Festival

What’s interesting about this concert:

World-renowned pianist David Korevaar will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, accompanied by the FCS. This piece is the 2nd most-performed piano concerto at Carnegie Hall.

The second movement of the Piano Concerto No. 4 was likely inspired by the story of Orpheus and his journey to the Underworld. In it, the orchestra represents wild beasts, who are tamed by the tranquil nature of the piano.

You may recognize Beethoven’s 7th Symphony more than you think! It has been used in many films and TV shows, including Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” the “Charlie Brown Easter special,” “Seinfeld,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The Knowing,” and “The King’s Speech.”

Beethoven wrote the Coriolan Overture for a play about a soldier who betrayed his country. The music strikes and slashes, imitating the violence of the battle.

On this concert:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Coriolan Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Featuring pianist David Korevaar

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major

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Program Notes:

Click or tap a title below to read a short introduction to Beethoven or each piece of music.

Guest Artist: Pianist David Korevaar

Pianist David Korevaar
Photo: Matthew Dine

Hailed for his “wonderfully warm, pliant, spontaneous playing” by the Washington Post, award winning pianist David Korevaar is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborator. Korevaar has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Recent highlights include recitals and master classes in Taipei, and a tour of Brazil. He has also concertized and given master classes in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as part of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Envoy program and taught at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.

Korevaar’s recent career highlights include solo performances with the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Japan’s Shonan Chamber Orchestra and Brazil’s Goiania Symphony. A passionate and committed collaborator, he has appeared on some of the country’s most distinguished chamber music series. He is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently in residence at The Academy in Boulder, for which he curates a chamber music series, and performs regularly with the Takács Quartet, with whom he appeared on the Great Performers Series at New York’s Lincoln Center. He has collaborated with world renown soloists and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the Shanghai, Manhattan and Colorado Quartets, and violinists Charles Wetherbee, Anne Akiko Myers, Vadim Gluzman and Chee-Yun.

Korevaar’s discography of over 50 titles includes the world premiere recording of piano music by the largely forgotten Italian impressionist composer Luigi Perrachio and two recordings with Charles Wetherbee, including works by Iranian-American composer Reza Vali which received Iran’s Bârbad Award, and a Naxos disc of the three violin sonatas by Paul Juon. Current recordings include Richard Danielpour’s The Celestial Circus for two pianos and three percussionists with pianist Angelina Gadeliya. Other recent releases include the third volume of Lowell Liebermann’s piano music, a compelling Chopin recital, and world premiere recordings of music for violin and piano by Tibor Harsányi with Charles Wetherbee. Korevaar is well-known for his Bach recordings, including the Six Partitas, Goldberg Variations, and the Well-Tempered Clavier, recognized as a Critic’s Choice by American Record Guide.

Dedicated to championing the works of contemporary composers, he has performed and recorded works by John Cage, Lera Auerbach, David Carlson, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Paul Schonfield, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Rochberg, George Crumb, Stephen Jaffe, and performed the New York premiere of Harrison’s Clocks by Harrison Birtwistle.

Korevaar is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, only the second to bear that title in the College of Music, and holds the Peter and Helen Weil fellowship in piano. He was also honored by the University in 2016 as a Distinguished Research Lecturer, a first in the College of Music.

He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School by age 20, where he also completed his Doctor of Musical Arts as a student of Earl Wild and Abbey Simon. A very important mentor and teacher was French pianist Paul Doguereau.

For more information visit DavidKorevaar.com

Interview with David Korevaar:

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Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in Movies and TV:

How many movies and TV shows feature Beethoven’s 7th Symphony?

Westworld (2018)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Mr. Robot (2015)
The King’s Speech (2010)
Knowing (2009)
Love Exposure (2008)
The Man from Earth (2007)
The Fall (2006)

Irreversible (2002)
Photographing Fairies (1997)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Immortal Beloved (1994)
Parade of the Planets (1984)
Zardoz (1974)
Lola (1961)
The Black Cat (1934)

Answer: A lot!

And these are only the ones that use the 2nd movement of the symphony, the Allegretto.

Other parts of the symphony have been used in Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Seinfeld,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “The Charlie Brown Easter Special.”

Click here to read our full post on Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in Movies and TV.


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