Austin Symphony Orchestra: Roll over, Beethoven
The Austin Symphony is set on playing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies before it makes its first appearance in the Long Center in 2008
Now, Peter Bay's Schroeder-esque fixation on Ludwig van doesn't mean he's done with our dear friend Dmitri. We're still in the thick of Shostakovich 100, that 12-month citywide celebration of the composer's centenary, and Bay has turned the second program of the new season completely over to Shostakovich, with performances of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F and the "Babi Yar" Symphony No. 13, featuring pianist Melissa Marse and bassist Nikita Storojev as guests. A taste of Russian winter as we ease into autumn.
The Austin Symphony performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D with violinist Joshua Bell Sept. 1 and 3, Friday and Sunday; Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F and Symphony No. 13 with pianist Melissa Marse and bassist Nikita Storojev Sept. 22 and 24, Friday and Sunday; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 Oct. 6 and 7, Friday and Saturday, all at 8pm, in Bass Concert Hall. For more information, call 476-6064 or visit www.austinsymphony.org.