The Jacobs School of Music will present the “Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score,” an in-depth look at the composer’s fifth symphony.
The event will take place over multiple days, beginning today with a lecture from Richard Kramer, a musicologist and distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Kramer’s lecture, entitled “Composing the Fifth: Beethoven at Work,” will begin at 4 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center.
In addition, Jacobs will screen “Un grand amour de Beethoven,” a 1937 French film about Beethoven and his love for music.
The film will screen at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Sweeney Hall.
The event will culminate in a University Orchestra performance of “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67.”
The performance will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Musical Arts Center.
It will be conducted by guest conductor Cliff Colnot and feature a behind-the-scenes video of the orchestra’s performance study of the piece.
The project was formed by Jacobs professor Jorja Fleezanis, who reached out to Colnot to get him involved in the project.
Colnot said in a Jacobs press release he is excited about the unique opportunity this project presents.
“The notion that we can study a major work of the orchestral canon in great detail, understanding the history, theory and form is a great opportunity for all involved,” Colnot said. “I think it is an absolutely terrific idea.”
— Carolyn Crowcroft