“The opening of the Bing Concert Hall will change the landscape of music-making on the Stanford campus. In keeping with the magnitude of this change, The Beethoven Project will represent a signature endeavor for the Department of Music and the perfect series of events with which to begin our residency in the hall. We are delighted in particular to have a guest artist of the eminence and accomplishment of Jon Nakamatsu join us for a number of the Project’s performances.”
Jindong Cai, Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra
The Beethoven Project is a large-scale celebration acknowledging Bing Concert Hall as the new “home” of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. These ensembles, under the baton of Jindong Cai, will devote the season to the performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies, as well as all five of his piano concertos featuring Stanford alumnus Jon Nakamatsu as piano soloist. In addition to this musical undertaking, a number of cross-campus and community collaborations will complement the action on stage: Jon Nakamatsu will give a master class series, Stanford Department of Music students and faculty will present educational concerts with historical commentary for the community, the Reactions to the Record symposium at Stanford will be dedicated to the earliest recordings of Beethoven’s works, libraries across campus will display their Beethoven collections to the public, a freshman seminar entitled “Beethoven’s World’ will be offered, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra will embark on a European concert tour with the theme “In Beethoven’s Footsteps” in the summer of 2013.