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In a country where many classical music orchestras flourish, Germany's Beethoven Orchestra Bonn is among the best.
Founded over a century ago, the orchestra has become a pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region. In addition to symphony concerts, domestic and international tours, and recordings, it serves as the official orchestra of the Bonn Opera House. The orchestra, led by music director Stefan Blunier, specializes in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In addition to playing 115 concerts each year, the orchestra has completed successful tour dates and guest performances in some of the world's greatest concert venues, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
The orchestra presents an inspiring all-Beethoven program including the overture from The Ruins of Athens as well as the joyful Symphony No. 7 at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Peabody Auditorium.
The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 4 with French-Canadian piano soloist and acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Louis Lortie.
The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn gives the final performance of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society's 61st season.
Dr. Dallas Weekley gives a free pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. in the Peabody Rose Room, with insights about the composer and the evening's music.
For information, call (386) 253-2901 or visit www.dbss.org to view samples of the music and more information about the orchestra and Lois Lortie.
Student tickets and family discounts are available. For tickets, visit Peabody Auditorium Box Office, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach; call Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; or order online at www.dbss.org. Tickets range from $34-59.