- One ticket to see Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s 5th – Beyond the Score
- When: Friday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Centennial Concert Hall
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $39 for section 1 (up to $70 value)
- $30 for section 2 (up to $55.30 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
Beethoven’s 5th – Beyond the Score
Everyone knows the iconic four-note melody that opens Beethoven’s 5th. Dark and bold, it heralds the start of a four-movement symphony that sprang from turmoil both political and personal. When Beethoven wrote it, the Napoleonic Wars were roiling Vienna and Europe at large, and the composer himself was losing his hearing. Nevertheless, after roughly four years in development, the piece debuted in 1808. But with an unpracticed orchestra at the helm, it failed to make waves. Finally, a second performance inspired an anonymous critic, later revealed to be E.T.A. Hoffman, to dispatch a rave review. Since then, it’s become one of the most famous symphonies of all time, enjoying countless interpretations and homages throughout music, film, and culture.
These origins are explored by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s 5th – Beyond the Symphony. During the first half of the evening, projections and live actors depict landmark moments of the masterpiece’s origin, from Beethoven sitting down to write it to the sheet music getting eaten by his pet St. Bernard. A complete performance of the symphony follows, showing audiences how one of the world’s best-known compositions jumped from the page to their ears.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
As early as 1880, the prairies of Winnipeg were filled with music. Orchestras, both amateur and semi-professional, unleashed their cultural impact on the city, with nearly 30 formed between the late 19th century and 1947. But they weren't content with their small scale, and in 1944, at least 20 smaller organizations joined forces to form the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, sharing talent, passion, and answers for their conductors pop quizzes. Within a decade, the CBC began broadcasting WSO concerts, and by 1990, the orchestra had more than 10,000 subscribers.