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Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary with Symphony No. 5

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present Beethoven’s Fifth on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Part of the Barnett & Company Masterworks Series, the performance will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and will feature Symphony No. 5, one of the most recognizable and significant pieces of music of its time. The evening will also include guest artist Alexander Sitkovetsky on Brahms’ Violin Concerto, an impressive work that showcases the supreme skill of the violin soloist, as well as celebrated American composer Samuel Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra.

“In 2020, musicians all over the world will be celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, and we are no exception,” says Kayoko Dan, CSO Music Director. “The CSO will perform his most beloved piece, Symphony No. 5 in C minor. This monumental and revolutionary work will be paired with Brahms’ breathtaking Violin Concerto and Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra. Samuel Barber is one of my favorite composers of the 20th century because his works are often beautiful, unique, and very personal, and his essays are a great representation of his style and composition language. Guest violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky will join us for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and as a frequent String Theory performer, he is no stranger to Chattanooga. I am looking forward to our first collaboration on the Tivoli stage.”

Audiences will have the chance to see Mr. Sitkovetsky and the musicians of the CSO prepare for the concert during a special open rehearsal of Brahms’ Violin Concerto on Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets for the rehearsal are only $8 and must be pre-purchased at chattanoogasymphony.org. Attendance will be limited to 40 guests.

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