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Beethoven 250: Symphony No 8 – WSO Digital Concert Series
Saturday, November 28
WSO Music Director Robert Franz concludes the 250th anniversary celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven with three works that show the composer’s versatility and his genius. Symphony No. 8 is described by BBC Music Magazine, as “the most misunderstood of the symphonies… playing games with the listener’s expectations.” Beethoven’s Gratulations Minuet and Coriolan Overture are works teeming with elegance, conflict, and resolution.
This program best illustrates Beethoven’s own words on the creative life: “The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun.”
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has partnered with Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery, Pelee Island Winery, and Viewpointe Estate Winery to enhance WSO Digital Concert Series subscribers’ concert experience.
Wines from each vintner have been selected for each of our three Beethoven concerts. Using musical “tasting” notes about each concert, the wineries selected a wine that balances and augments the musical works to deliver the perfect sipping experience. Just as a great food and wine pairing improve a dining experience, the musical notes of our Beethoven 250 concerts compliment the tasting notes of Essex County vintners!
Beethoven was a bona fide wine aficionado and upon receiving a case of wine while on his deathbed, his last recorded words were: “Pity, pity – too late”. The WSO celebrates his 250thanniversary by combining his two greatest passions – music and wine.
Some of the wines that can be paired with the WSO Digital Concert Series include: a Gewürztraminer from Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from North 42 Degrees Estate Winery, the Vinedressers Cabernet Sauvignon from Pelee Island Winery, and the Colchester Cuvée from Viewpointe Estate Winery.
Pairing recommendations, tasting notes, and links to purchase the wines are all available at www.windsorsymphony.com.