Opening Night: Beethoven 7 and Absolute Jest
Thu June 25, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Fri June 26, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Hannah Lash, composer
Hannah Lash, World premiere (Colorado Music Festival commission)
John Adams, Absolute Jest
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Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
Music Director Peter Oundjian opens the 2020 Festival season with Beethoven’s ambitious and energetic Seventh Symphony — the first symphony that Oundjian ever conducted — marking the beginning of a season-long celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. Composer Hannah Lash’s world premiere, commissioned by the Festival, draws inspiration from Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet joins the orchestra for John Adams’ Absolute Jest, which samples, twists, and builds upon Beethoven’s late string quartets. Adams has referred to his Jest as “Beethoven that has been passed through a hall of mirrors.”
Make it an evening. Purchase a fresh, grab-and-go dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings to enjoy on the lawn or at one of many picnic tables.
Ride the FREE HOP 2 Chautauqua shuttle to this show. Click here for more info.
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