Springfield Symphony gets a start on Beethoven’s 250th with chamber music

Posted on: October 9, 2019

“While the Springfield Symphony Orchestra is reserving its celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday until the actual anniversary year, 2020—Maestro Kevin Rhodes and five of his SSO colleagues are diving into the master’s chamber music right away, presenting the first concert in the new SSO Chamber Music Series” on October 20, writes Clifton Noble Jr. in Tuesday’s (10/8) Republican (Springfield, Mass.). “ ‘I’m really looking forward to it and having the great reason of Beethoven to get back at the piano keys!’ Rhodes said… For the first helping of Beethoven, Rhodes and friends have chosen Beethoven’s Serenade in D Major, Op. 41 for Flute and Piano, featuring SSO principal flutist Ann Bobo and Rhodes at the keyboard…. Debussy’s Sonata for Flute Viola and Harp comes next on the list, with flutist Bobo joined by principal violist Ronald Gorevic, and harpist Anna Ellsworth…. Rhodes will play selected movements from the Beethoven piano sonatas, including the complete Pathétique Sonata, and the famous, dreamy movement of the Moonlight Sonata. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, nicknamed the ‘Ghost Trio.’ … The spectral nickname of the trio comes from its creepily scored D minor slow movement.”

Posted October 9, 2019