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THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE (XI): Two Endings, One Enduring Enigma

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Beethoven Experience with The Borromeo Quartet

PROGRAM XI: Two Endings, One Enduring Enigma
Beethoven’s Op. 130 string quartet has been called a “Mad Divertimento”—“five wildly diverse movements followed by a 15-minute contrapuntal apocalypse, or the tamer but still magnificent second finale.” For the final program in our epic cycle, the Borromeos explore both endings, and in a final audience Q&A, examine the totality of Beethoven’s sixteen quartets and the enduring mystery of the last movement he composed for string quartet.

String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with revised ending
Encore: Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133

The Beethoven Experience with the Borromeo Quartet is a landmark musical and educational adventure marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, built around an exploration of all sixteen of his string quartets. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to participate in online interactive pre-concert conversations investigating the intersection between Beethoven and the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of his time….and ours!  The discussions will be led by Beethoven scholar, Borromeo Quartet founder, and Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen.


December 14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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