2019-2020 Masterworks Season

Beethoven Discovers America

In 2020, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770. This season celebrates both his musical achievement and his legacy—in America. Beethoven has a grip on the American popular imagination that no other classical composer has achieved. He was a revolutionary in his own day—more like a rockstar than what we think of when we think of classical music. He pushed the boundaries. The tradition of generating new, compelling classical music is alive and well. This season also features work by American composers. Some of it is very familiar—but revolutionary in its own day—and some of it will be new to many in our audience. Some of it is quite timely, too. Beethoven himself was an immigrant, from Germany to Austria; Gershwin was the child of immigrants. At the end of their lives, both Rachmaninoff and Bartok became American citizens. This season celebrates the richness that the crossing of borders and boundaries brings to our musical life.


Masterworks 1 - Opening Night Celebration

September 27 & 28, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Beethoven, Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F major
Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Masterworks 2

November 8 & 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Lisa Pegher, percussion

Barber, Overture to The School for Scandal
Danielpour, Percussion Concerto, The Wounded Healer
Chadwick, Hobgoblin from Symphonic Sketches
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Masterworks 3

February 28 & 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

March 1, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Beethoven, Leonora Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Adam Schoenberg, Violin Concerto, Orchard in Fog
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra

Masterworks 4

March 20 & 21, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Robert DiLutis, clarinet

Haydn, Symphony No. 104 in D major, London
Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Masterworks 5

May 1 & 2, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Awadagin Pratt, piano

Garrop, Pandora Undone
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Boyer, Ellis Island: The Dream of America

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