Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hosts Beethoven Fest

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra this month is launching its first Beethoven festival in 36 years.

The orchestra will perform all nine Beethoven symphonies at Orchestra Hall in February.

The festival begins on Friday with Beethoven Symphonies No. 3 and No. 8. The orchestra will continue on Saturday and Sunday with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and No. 5. The festival picks back up again next Thursday with Beethoven Symphonies No. 1 and No. 6, followed by performances of Beethoven Symphonies No. 2 and No. 7 next weekend. The festival caps off the following weekend with performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Free pre-concert performances and lectures will be hosted one hour before each performance. Those who can’t attend can watch a webcast of some of the performances online.

The festival will conclude Feb. 21-24 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The orchestra received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support this year’s festival.

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