Lecture Series: Why Beethoven?
Presented by Camerata Pacifica
Modern concert etiquette developed in the 19th century as part of a culture largely shaped by reverence for Beethoven. At the beginning of the 21st century isn’t this model failing and if so, what will be the replacement? Will we be able to enjoy Beethoven without confining his music with antiquated traditions? Will we be able to attract new audiences and create new concert experiences to celebrate the masterworks of yesterday and the music of tomorrow? Shouldn’t our music schools be the incubators of such change, yet curricula remain firmly rooted in the 19th century? Like the early 19th century, however, the beginning of the 21st is a time of change, negotiation and possibility. So, 100 years from now will Beethoven, Mozart & Haydn still dominate concert programming, demanding the same devout reverence, or is there something wonderful and new in store for the concerts of tomorrow?