The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Why is Beethoven’s music still so gripping and magnetizing? Why are his Nine Symphonies so hard to play? How is it that this deaf and gruff German remains the most remarkable embodiment of the power of human spirit in music? Beethoven was “a naughty boy who broke the rules!” He also arrived in a “perfect storm.” Beethoven eclipsed the 18th and 19th centuries; he migrated to Vienna when Classicism had been perfected by Haydn and Mozart (in contrasting but complementing ways). He absorbed the old to produce something potent and new. Beethoven became the bridge to the Romantic era—a Revolutionary writing music for a Revolutionary age. This course will set the scene for Beethoven, delve into the back-stories to many of his symphonies, quartets and sonatas, as well as see how he influenced the composers who came in his wake. Class participants will also receive a “50%-off-2-tickets” voucher to their choice of the Olympia Symphony’s March 15 (Emperor Concerto) or April 19 (Fifth Symphony) concerts at the Washington Center. General Public/Members: $68/$62 Six Sessions
Your teacher: Huw Edwards has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Olympia Symphony since 2003—this being his farewell season. He is credited with greatly improving the quality of the Orchestra, picking appealing and creative programs, relating to the audience and being active in the community. He has taught music history and music appreciation classes in many cities. Huw received his Bachelors in Music from the University of Surrey (England), earned a Masters at SMU in Dallas, and was a Doctoral candidate at Northwestern University.