One of the best ways to get to know an individual artist is to see a really well curated retrospective of his or her work. Whether its organized thematically or chronologically doesn't really matter, the benefit is in the bulk.
|How well do you know your Beethoven, Dallas? Time to get intimate. |
There's something about seeing a lifetime's worth of work in one space that is extremely intimate. You walk out of the museum or gallery with a deeper, more personal connection to the artist than you had before and, ideally, every encounter you have with that artists' work in the future is changed -- there's a more complete understanding, an instant recognition of personality.
On Monday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is kicking off a retrospective of sorts, a three-week-long Beethoven Festival that includes performances of all 10 of the composer's violin sonatas, three of his nine symphonies (Nos. 5, 7 and 9), a monster of a piano concerto (No. 5, "The Emperor"), and a smattering of some half a dozen of his other works for orchestra, piano solo and strings. Basically, it's an all-out Beethoven binge sesh, and a really great way to get to know this important musical artist better.
Below are three pretty solid reasons to check out at least one of the DSO's upcoming Beethoven Fest concerts. If any of them are true for you, get on the DSO's website and start snagging tickets because some of these concerts will likely sell out. More »