Ludwig Reflected #1 | 6pm, Monday 23 March
Gillian Whitehead New work in response to Beethoven’s late string quartets
Beethoven Grosse Fuge (from the String Quartet Op.133)
In the last few years of his life, Beethoven concentrated on string quartets to the exclusion of almost all else. Most of his contemporaries thought these late quartets incomprehensible. Dame Gillian Whitehead disagrees, answering Beethoven’s rarefied questions with her own new utterance.
Ludwig Reflected #2 | 6pm, Wednesday 25 March
Chris Gendall New work in response to Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.70 No.2
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.70 No.2
The infinitely lyrical violin and cello, versus the more mechanical piano: a combination of opposites? Beethoven thought not, saying ‘One can also sing with the pianoforte’. Chris Gendall has long experience writing for piano trio, and his new piece will be the perfect foil to Beethoven’s.
Ludwig Reflected #3 | 6pm, Friday 27 March
Celeste Oram and Alex Taylor New work a collaborative work in collage in response to Beethoven’s complete oeuvre and legacy
Celeste Oram and Alex Taylor have frequently worked together, but this time they have a new collaborator – a sprightly 250-year-old by the name of Ludwig. Based on Beethoven’s music, this new piece promises to be a playful, theatrical and robustly provocative examination of Beethoven’s art and influence.
Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash | 2.30pm, Sunday 15 March | Auckland Town Hall
Calling musicians of all ages and skill levels who love Beethoven! This is your chance to join Ludwig’s birthday celebrations with our community play-in – Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash.
For this special event, community and student musicians will work together with their APO counterparts to create a mass community orchestra and choir, performing selected extracts from the Ninth Symphony, led by Giordano Bellincampi. Music will be specially arranged by APO Communities composer Ryan Youens, so that everyone can join in.
Register your interest at: apo.co.nz/birthday-bash