WASHINGTON, IL -- How fitting that the Heartland Festival Orchestra should end its 5th season with Beethoven's 5th Symphony, one of the greatest classical pieces ever written.
The orchestra will be playing Beethoven's 6th Symphony next year, to open its 6th season, conductor and artistic director David Commanday told the audience.
The Heartland Festival Orchestra is unusual in that its subscriptions are up, unlike many classical orchestras. That's a tribute to Commanday and his musicians, who play beautifully the creative programs that Commanday develops.
The closing concert of the 5th season, on May 31 at Five Points Washington also featured Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat Major, Op. 84.
How exciting to hear these fabulous and familiar pieces expertly played, live.
These works are timeless like great literature, which can be read again and again to reveal new meaning. This music works the same way, it's familiar yet constantly surprises.
-- Elaine Hopkins