Pianist Saleem Ashkar is the special guest as the Vancouver Symphony presents its digital finale to Beethovenfest.
Pianist Saleem Ashkar is the special guest as the Vancouver Symphony presents its digital finale to Beethovenfest.

With the cancellations of performances, concerts and other events due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) did its part to help with social distancing by live-streaming the finale to its BeethovenFest.

The VSO said it was a reaction to “the unprecedented events of the past, week” and was looking for a creative way to end this week’s festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The live stream took place today for free on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra website at vancouversymphony.ca and on its Facebook page. On Facebook alone, the live stream video has been viewed over 39,000 times, received more than 1,700 likes and shared 633 times.

Here is how the VSO describes the concert: “December 22, 1808, has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. In this performance, the VSO tackles the 6th Symphony “Pastorale”, Beethoven’s portrait of nature, and the sublime 4th Piano Concerto with special guest Saleem Ashkar.”

BeethovenFest: Virtual Finale

BeethovenFest: Virtual Finale. Performed live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. 2pm PST, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Maestro Otto Tausk, conductor, and Saleem Ashkar, piano. Repertoire: Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and Beethoven's 6th Symphony "Pastorale".

Posted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 15, 2020

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