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“The Most Famous Symphony Ever Written” Free Main Stage Concert | Palo Alto

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served

First Palo Alto United Methodist Church | 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA


Free San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concerts

Founded in 1953, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra has remained an active voice in the Bay Area music community, presenting free concerts with an ensemble of the region’s top professional musicians.

The rollout of an exciting new concert format, Maestro Ben Simon becomes your host for a 90-minute, no intermission podcast. Think of it as a cross between Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and From the Top with games, prizes, Ben’s famous trivia quiz, and of course, great music.

Featuring a host of SFCO All-Stars, this engaging program will feature variations on familiar themes by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and more. With special guest Anthony Lane, luthier.

Free admission. Members entry one hour before. General audience entry 15 minutes before. Recommended for middle school-age and up.

Mozart 12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265

  • Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Haydn String Quartet in C Major, op. 76 no.3 (“Emperor”)

  • Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra string quartet
  • Second movement, Poco adagio; cantabile

Schubert Die Forelle (“The Trout”)

  • Ann Moss, soprano
  • Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (“Trout”)

  • Fourth movement: Tema con variazione (Andantino)

Heidrich Happy Birthday Variations

Join Music Director Ben Simon and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for a guided tour of classical music’s greatest hit, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. This revolutionary work has thrilled audiences since its premiere in 1808.

Find out why and deepen your understanding and appreciation of this masterpiece with a musical show and tell, followed by a full performance.

Still not convinced? Check out Classical MPR’s article on Beethoven breaking into the disco scene.

  • Emilie Mayer Faust Overture
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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Cost: FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
Categories: *Top Pick*, Live Music
Address: 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA

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