Then & Now 12/22: Beethoven Baby!
On this date in 1808, one of the most famous concerts in the history of classical music took place. It was an all-Beethoven concert, with the composer featured as both conductor and piano soloist. The program included the premieres of the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto was also on the program—along with additional piano and vocal selections, including portions of Beethoven's Mass in C in a concert that lasted about 4 hours!
You can hear some great Beethoven when WSMR presents the Florida Orchestra in concert on Friday January 5th at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa. Jahja Ling returns to conduct the Piano Concerto No. 1 in this special benefit concert for Classical WSMR, that’s right, all of the proceeds will go to your classical music radio station. The staff from WSMR will be there too. It’s going to be a great evening of music and good company. Tickets are available now on our website, wsmr.org. We hope to see you there Friday January 5th!