Cecilia Concerts celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday virtually

The free concert is streaming now on YouTube through March 8.

Cecilia Concerts' 2020-2021 musician-in-residence Jonathan Crow performs as part of the company's virtual celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday.
Cecilia Concerts' 2020-2021 musician-in-residence Jonathan Crow performs as part of the company's virtual celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday.

In what was to be the opener for Cecilia Concerts’ 2020-2021 season last fall, the music presenters musician-in-residence violinist, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) concertmaster Jonathan Crow, was going to bring to Halifax six of his colleagues from the TSO to join in a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

With COVID-19 restrictions preventing the group from travelling, the concert featuring a performance of Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, Opus 20, will instead be presented online by Crow and his colleagues free of charge for the next two weeks. Premiering in 1800 and dedicated to Empress Maria Theresa, “the Septet is a six-movement serenade full of youthful charm, elegance, and grace.”

Jonathan Crow will be joined by Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians Cameron Crozman, Philip Chiu, Eric Abramovitz, Neil Deland, Darren Hicks, Barry Shiffman, Brian Manker and Jeffrey Beecher.
Jonathan Crow will be joined by Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians Cameron Crozman, Philip Chiu, Eric Abramovitz, Neil Deland, Darren Hicks, Barry Shiffman, Brian Manker and Jeffrey Beecher.

Recorded this past August as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, alongside the featured Septep, the concert will open with Cecilia Concerts’ past musician-in-residence, pianist Philip Chiu, and cellist Cameron Crozman performing Beethoven’s 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, WoO 46.

The free concert is streaming now on YouTube through March 8. Visit ceciliaconcerts.ca for more information.