Beethoven Symphony No. 5
One of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, Markus Stenz leads your Colorado Symphony in a Beethoven double feature, showcasing two cornerstones of the orchestral canon together, just as when they premiered in Vienna in 1808. Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony — originally dubbed “recollections of life in the country” — is a brilliant programmatic projection of nature and the composer’s ultimate homage to the great outdoors, brimming with color and texture that seem accessible to all the senses as it instantly transports you to the Viennese countryside. The Fifth Symphony — which famously begins with the ominous four-note motif signifying “fate knocking at the door” — is one of the most recognizable and well-known compositions in the classical repertoire, capping an exhilarating tour through Beethoven’s heroic middle period.