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Beethoven like you’ve never heard him before

By Maria Gregoriou

We know that Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most renowned and important composers of all time and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CySCO) is about to treat us all to a performance of his work on Friday in Nicosia and on Saturday in Larnaca.

The concert will bring the composers musical journey onto the stage by performances of his known and unknown works, as the title of the concert states.

The orchestra will touch on the composers widely famous works by presenting the Choral Fantasy for piano and orchestra, op. 80, a very impressive work which foreshadows the Ode to Joy for voicing a message for peace and joy through the beauty of the arts. The Orchestra will also perform the popular orchestral Coriolan Overture, op. 62 and the Overture from the work Prometheus.

When it comes to the composer’s unknown works, the orchestra will offer us a rare opportunity to hear some of Beethoven’s little known works, which include, Rondo for piano and orchestra, the Turkish March from the work The ruins of Athens, op.113, the 12 German Dances and the Gratulations-Menuet for orchestra in E flat major, WoO 3.

Cypriot pianist Elena Mitella-Violari will be presenting solo piano pieces, while the choral parts will be sung by the Choirs of Larnaca Music Lyceum, Famagust Music Lyceum, and the Vocal ensemble of Limassol Music Lyceum.

Alkis Baltas, Artistic Director and Conductor of the CySO, will direct the concerts.

The concerts are organised in collaboration with the Department of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture.

The concert in Larnaca is presented as part of the Larnaca Festival of Classical Music 2015.

Beethoven: Known and Unknown Works
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. April 17. Strovolos Muncipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144
April 18. Larnaca Municipal Theatre.

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