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Beethoven’s Second Symphony


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (map) Downtown
Sat., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017 All Ages

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Nearly 200 years after Beethoven’s death, it remains truly astounding that history’s greatest composer couldn’t hear a damn thing for much of his life. Can you imagine a blind painter or a chef with no sense of smell reaching similar artistic heights? Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 was written while the young composer still had some of his hearing left but had entered a deep depression upon learning he would soon be fully deaf with no chance of recovery. In that sense, it should be seen as a definitive statement—a triumphant farewell to the world of sound, with all the grandeur and drama of which Beethoven was capable. That he would later top himself several times over with subsequent work means the Second has languished in relative obscurity, but its pleasures, from its gorgeous second movement to the playful agility of its fourth, should be evaluated on their own terms. The symphony, a high-water mark of the classical era, is counterbalanced by Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and John Adams’ Absolute Jest, a concerto/string-quartet hybrid heavily influenced by Beethoven, featuring the esteemed St. Lawrence String Quartet from Canada. NED LANNAMANN

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97204

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017
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