While Beethoven is most often associated with the imposing opening notes of his Fifth Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony will show a different, lighter side of the genius with Brilliant Beethoven, a concert of his Fourth and Eighth Symphonies. One of Beethoven's late masterpieces, Symphony No. 8 kicks off the evening with rollicking energy. Symphony No. 4, one of the composer's lesser performed works, is something of a tribute to his teacher, Joseph Haydn. It sweeps you from tense foreboding to sweet joy and all the way to rowdy humor by its climactic end. Between these bookends, maestro Marek Janowski will lead the symphony in Pfitzner's Three Preludes from Palestrina.