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The Dallas Symphony Explores Beethoven’s Softer Side

2 years ago by Brian Reinhart
Ludwig van Beethoven’s music has a reputation as the Mount Everest of the classical repertoire — lofty, heroic, unknowable. Musicians lob the word “great” around so much when talking about Beethoven that even his name can be intimidating. But there’s a mellower, wittier, less ambitious side of the iconic composer,...
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Beethoven unplugged

26 years ago by Matt Zoller Seitz
In the middle of the public premiere of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Ode to Joy," the elderly, decrepit, bitter composer leaves his seat in the audience and wanders onstage as if drawn by a supernatural beacon. He's remembering an incident of childhood abuse at the hands of his drunken...
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Camper Van Beethoven

16 years ago by Rob Trucks
The sound of Jonathan Segel's violin went a long way in distinguishing Camper Van Beethoven from other '80s alt-rock bands, but Segel himself was long gone by the time the band called it quits. The culprit? Too many songwriting head-butts with Camper front man David Lowery. And as Segel says,...
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Beethoven Rolls On

9 years ago by Josh Lagunez
Ludwig Von Beethoven, rocker of the transitional classical-romanticism era: His works reminds some that revolutionary music does not need to be bolstered by flashy glitz and glam. For those who admire his work, A Beethoven Bonanza will feature concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel showcasing the revered composer's vast tones on Monday,...
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The Dallas Symphony's Season Finale Pairs Beethoven with a Major World Premiere

2 years ago by Brian Reinhart
This weekend, Jaap van Zweden concludes his tenure as music director of the Dallas Symphony with performances of perhaps the most famous work in the orchestra’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. But there’s another piece on the program, a major world premiere of a new work written especially for the DSO...
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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at The Granada Theater, July 27: Review

7 years ago by Darryl Smyers
Seeing both Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker on the same bill was a perplexing experience. On the one hand, it was two of my favorite bands, each one responsible for a (different) decade's worth of quality alternative rock. On the other hand, since David Lowery fronts both bands, the show...
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The David Lowery Showdown: Camper Van Beethoven versus Cracker

7 years ago by Darryl Smyers
With singer David Lowery fronting both Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker (and with both scheduled to play the Granada Theater this Saturday), it is a good time to compare and contrast these two exceptional bands. Cracker has always seemed to get a bad rap because the band is not as...
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REVIEW: Beethoven's Fifth at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

4 years ago by Wayne Lee Gay
The Dallas Symphony and music director Jaap Van Zweden indulge, this weekend, in the time-honored classical music programming tactic of matching a new, unfamiliar work with a standard box office cash cow—in this case, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. This strategy can, and often does, result in an odd evening in which...
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How DSO's Jaap van Zweden Turns Beethoven's 5th into Something You've Never Heard

8 years ago by Katie Womack
When I spoke with Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap van Zweden earlier this year, he told me that the Meyerson Symphony Center is, in his opinion, "probably one of the top three halls in the world." "What is very important," he went on, "is not to underestimate the relationship between...

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