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Kodály Philharmonia Celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. In honour of the 250th anniversary of the world-famous pianist, the Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen plays all the symphonies of the great classical master throughout the 2019-2020 season.

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen was founded in 2011 by merging the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir.

BEETHOVEN 250. – III. CONCERT

11 February 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61st

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th

Featuring: Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Imre Kollár

Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Once Franz Clement presented it, it was seen unsuccessful and ridiculous for some decades. In 1844 by Joseph Joachim revived it and since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. 

The Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th was completed in 1808. It contains explicitly programmatic content and it was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert.

BEETHOVEN 250. – IV. CONCERT

3 March 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Triple C Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.56.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op. 67 “FATE”

Featuring: Kelemen Barnabás (violin), Alexander Buzlov (cello) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Dániel Somogyi-Tóth

Beethoven wrote the Symphony No. 5 in C minor between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies. It is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music. It was first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808 with great success. 

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804. It’s the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument.

BEETHOVEN 250. – V. CONCERT

24 March 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B major, Op. 60

Beethoven:  Symphony No.7 in A major op.92 

Featuring:  Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Imre Kollár

The Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1811 and 1812. The second movement, Allegretto, was the most popular movement and frequently performed separately from the complete symphony. 

The  Symphony No. 4 in B major, Op. 60 is in four movements. It was composed in 1806 and premiered in March 1807 at a private concert in Vienna at the townhouse of Prince Lobkowitz. It has not become as widely known among music lovers.  

BEETHOVEN 250. – VI. CONCERT

26 May 2020, 7:30 PM 

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125.

Featuring: Ágnes Rendes, Marianna Bódi, Gergely Boncsér, László Jekl – Vocals

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen and Kodály Choir Debrecen (director: Máté Sipos Szabó)

Conductor: Kobajasi Kenicsiro (Japan)

Tickets purchased for May 29, 2020, are valid for the May 26 concert or redeemable at the point of purchase.

BEETHOVEN 250. – VI. CONCERT

27 May 2020, 7:30 PM 

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125.

Featuring: Ágnes Rendes, Marianna Bódi, Gergely Boncsér, László Jekl – Vocals

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen and Kodály Choir Debrecen (director: Máté Sipos Szabó)

Conductor: Kobajasi Kenicsiro (Japan)

Tickets purchased for May 30, 2020, are valid for the May 27 concert or redeemable at the point of purchase.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. is the final complete symphony, composed between 1822 and 1824; and performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824. It was seen as Beethoven’s greatest work. It was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony.

Source for details about Beethoven Symphony’s: Wikipedia.

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