Beethoven’s 5th

What would happen if there was a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony (or as it’s formally known, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67), and nobody paid any attention? That’s what happened December 22, 1808, in the unheated Theater an der Wien, when Beethoven gave a self-produced concert introducing several of his new works. Of course, attention will be paid when the Houston Symphony, under maestro John Storgårds, plays what has come to be Beethoven’s most inspiring and famous orchestral work.

Also on the bill: Solo percussionist Colin Currie will be performing Incantations for Percussion and Orchestra, a concerto Einojuhani Rautavaara composed especially for him. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $125.
Feb. 25-26, 2012

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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
Contact: D. L. Groover