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Jupiter Symphony Celebrates Beethoven

Jun 30, 2020
Jupiter Symphony Celebrates Beethoven

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth year. To celebrate this legendary figure in music, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, a longstanding partner of the Lincoln Square BID, is throwing a virtual party!

Fifty years ago, Jupiter Symphony’s conductor, Jens Nygaard, celebrated Beethoven’s 200th Birthday with a “Party” at Carnegie Recital Hall (today’s Weill Hall). The printed program for that concert on December 16, 1970 is missing from the Jupiter Archive, but it has been reconstructed from the review by Donal Henahan of the New York Times.

Jupiter Symphony invites you to step back half a century and listen to several lesser known works by Beethoven that were performed that evening. Jens himself played the piano and clarinet. As it is a live unedited recording (and is 50 years old!) it has some sound quality issues, and you will also hear the musicians walking on and off the stage and some mic clunking as well. Regardless, you’re welcome to gatecrash the “Party” and get a taste Jens’s programming and piano playing.

Click here to listen to Beethoven’s 200th Birthday Party Recital by Jupiter Symphony.