Masterworks 3: Beethoven’s Fifth – Beyond the Score – Fate Knocks?

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 2:30pm Buy Tickets

Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Downtown Des Moines)

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Eugene Gaub, fortepiano
Michael Boudewyns, actor
Roger Mueller, actor
Sara Valentine, actress
Stephen Yoakam, actor

Beyond the Score – In Collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director
Martha Gilmer, Executive Producer

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a must-hear-it live bucket-list piece. Composer, writer and critic E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote that the piece “… tears the listener irresistibly away into the wonderful spiritual realm of the infinite.” Experience it in our fifth collaboration with the Chicago Symphony in this special Beyond the Score presentation. The work opens with quite possibly the four most-recognized notes in music history – the fate theme – which Beethoven organically develops throughout the entire symphony, culminating in the triumphant Presto finale. A riveting multimedia first half presents dramatic visuals on a giant screen, plus four actors depicting Beethoven, influential writers and other period characters. On the second half of the concert, you will experience the dramatic tour de force that is the complete Fifth Symphony!

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office.

11/15/2014 WEATHER UPDATE: This weekend’s concerts (both Saturday and Sunday) will proceed as planned without any weather delays. If you are a Saturday, November 15 paid ticket-holder and would like to exchange your ticket for Sunday’s concert, you may do so by calling 515.246.2300 beginning at 5:30pm on November 15. 

Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Stoner Theater.

The duration of these concerts is a little more than two hours, which includes a 20-minute intermission.

AUDIO: Experience the excitement of Beethoven’s Fifth with this radio spot!
PROGRAM NOTES: Learn more about the pieces on this program.
PLAN YOUR VISIT: Discover where to dine, where to park and more.

Joseph Giunta’s suggested recordings:

  • Vienna Philharmonic; Carlos Kleiber, conducting; Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Chicago Symphony; Georg Solti, conducting; London.
  • Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conducting; Deutsche Grammophon.
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