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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19, Movement III

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Published on Feb 24, 2011

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19, Movement III

Discovery Concert: Beethoven in the House

Saturday, January 29, 2011
K,R, Williams Auditorium
Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem Symphony
Robert Moody, Music Director
Matthew Troy, Conductor
Actors:
Ray Collins as Beethoven
Zachary Elliott & KeeCee Frazier-DeVenny

Richard He, piano

On January 29, I performed in the Winston-Salem Symphony Discovery Series Concert "Beethoven in the House." It was designed specifically toward educating and entertaining kids. The performance with great; probably the most fun I have ever had at a concert. The symphony began the concert with the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No.5. Afterwards, I came on stage and played Fur Elise, while the actors were being introduced by Maestro Troy. Yes, they had actors! A British actor Mr. Ray Collins played Beethoven. His acting was absolutely hilarious with his sporting a stereotypical German accent and exhibiting a range of emotions from enraged to joyful. The kids absolutely loved it. In addition, two high school students Zachary Elliott and KeeCee Frazier-DeVenny acted as students who were learning about Beethoven, who provided additional commentary about Beethoven's life. After I finished playing Fur Elise, I moved on to play an excerpt of the First Movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The actors began to tell the story of how Beethoven grew up and how his early music sounded. Then, I played the Third movement of Beethoven's Concerto No. 2 with the Symphony. It was a high-energy, high-spirited performance that was immensely enjoyable for both me and the orchestra. After the applause, I exited the stage, and the rest of the concert continued by further explained Beethoven's life and music. The W-S Symphony performed many additional pieces that displayed Beethoven's
wide and developed repertoire. At the end, the conductor, actors, and I, all gave a collective bow to a crowd that was on their feet. It was a great performance and definitely one that I will never forget!

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