National Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

Concert Hall

Fate knocks at the door in the most famous four notes in symphonic history! Experience the memorable motif that changed music forever in this fearless symphony Beethoven called “a duel between free will and determination.”

May 30 - Jun. 3, 2020

upcoming dates

  • Sat. May 30, 2020 8p.m.

  • Wed. Jun. 3, 2020 7p.m.

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  • Price Range

    $15.00 – $99.00


Third Leonore Overture
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 5

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Famed for its iconic four-note opening, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most well-known and influential pieces of music ever composed. Imaginative, violent, and wide-ranging, the colossal crowd-pleaser immerses the audience in Beethoven’s state of mind with dramatic tension that builds to a passionate climax. Complementing the program are two works deeply connected to the composer’s rebellious ideals: his Second Symphony and third Leonore Overture.

Beethoven at 250
In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Gianandrea Noseda leads the Orchestra in a three-week festival of concerts celebrating the composer’s remarkable genius and impact on music. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear all nine of his symphonies—music that resounds as loudly today as it did two centuries ago. All five programs will be recorded for future release.

“There were three artists who changed the world. Of course, there are many, many other great ones, but these actually changed the world: Da Vinci, Dante, and of course, Beethoven.”
—Gianandrea Noseda

Beginning at 7 p.m. before the May 30 performance
Before your concert, join us in the Justice Forum at the REACH for fascinating stories behind the music! Led by engaging artists and scholars, each ForeWords lasts 30 minutes and is free and open to the public. Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season.

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The NSO Music Director Chair is generously endowed by Roger and Victoria Sant.

The Abramson Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of the Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation in Honor of Ronald D. Abramson.

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