German orchestra to perform all-Beethoven program March 12 at Eisenhower



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As its name implies, Germany’s Beethoven Orchestra Bonn specializes in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Led by music director and conductor Stefan Blunier, and featuring guest pianist Louis Lortie, the orchestra brings an all-Beethoven program, featuring the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. March 12.

Canadian Lortie, who studied with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber and American virtuoso Leon Fleisher, is celebrated for his interpretations of Beethoven compositions. He joins the ensemble to perform the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $57 for an adult, $24 for a University Park student and $39 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays ), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Founded more than a century ago, the orchestra has become a pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region. In addition to symphony concerts, domestic and international tours, and recording, the ensemble serves as the official orchestra of the Bonn Opera House.

This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.

The public is invited to observe a two-hour master class featuring Lortie at 3 p.m. March 12, in Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall. Christopher Guzman, classical pianist and assistant professor of music at Penn State, leads the session.

Dotty and Paul Rigby sponsor the concert. WPSU is the media sponsor. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, will be offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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Last Updated February 13, 2013