Release Date: April 13,2018
Named for the woman considered by many scholars to be Beethoven’s mysterious "Immortal Beloved," the Brentano String Quartet is performing at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is the finale of Tuesday Musical’s 130th season of bringing the world’s best classical musicians to Northeast Ohio.
Brentano has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Vienna’s Konserthaus, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Sydney’s Opera House, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In Akron, the quartet will be joined by flutist Marina Piccinini, hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute."
The program includes Aaron Jay Kernis’s Air for Flute and String Quartet, plus works by Mozart and Shostakovich.
Concert-goers can also attend the on-stage conversation among the Brentano musicians and Eric Kisch of WCLV-FM’s “Musical Passions” program at 6:30 p.m.
“Immortal Beloved” is the mysterious addressee of a love letter written by Beethoven in 1812. In pencil on 10 small pages, the apparently unsent letter was found in the composer's estate after his death and is now in the Berlin State Library.
Many scholars believe that Antonie Brentano — philanthropist, art collector, arts patron and wife of one of Beethoven’s close friends — was the unnamed woman to whom the composer wrote: "Already in bed my thoughts go out to you my immortal beloved…I can either live wholly with you, or not at all."
Support for the concert and an array of related education and community engagement activities comes in part from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation.
Tickets are $25, $40, $45 and free for all students of any age. Tickets are available at www.tuesdaymusical.org, 330-761-3460, at the ticket offices of EJ Thomas Hall and the Akron Civic Theatre, and at the door that evening.