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Beethoven’s immortal symphonies remain some of the most unique and inspiring pieces in the repertoire. Going against the stream, Beethoven paved the way for every composer who followed. Derrick Skye combines elements of Balkan music and Hindustani classical music. His piece maintains high energy throughout, morphing from one dance to the next until finally consuming itself.
To complement the performance of these pieces, a special art exhibit by local artist Olivia Coucci entitled “Beethoven in New Bedford” will be displayed.
“In May of 2019, I attended an NBSO concert, and was inspired to sketch the musicians and post the artwork to instagram. This began my online connection with several of the musicians. Recently, Yaniv contacted me about doing a series of “Beethoven in New Bedford” pieces to promote the NBSO’s upcoming show. I was thrilled by the surreal idea of seeing cartoon Beethoven explore my hometown. I approached each piece like an illustrated painting. While taking pictures downtown, I wondered how Beethoven would experience the city as he prepares for his upcoming concert. The goal was to not just draw cartoon Beethoven into the real world, but to meet in the middle by editing the photos to emphasize the color and whimsy of downtown NB. Beethoven has enjoyed his visit, and is excited for New Bedford to see his travels and hear his work on November 6th. It’s been a dream of mine to collaborate with musicians in this way, and use my art to promote incredible organizations such as this. Big thank you to Yaniv for reaching out with this great idea and to the NBSO for arranging the exhibit!” ~ Olivia Cuoucci
Tickets available online or at the Zeiterion box office, $10-$65, students always $5.