Beethoven Reconstructed

Saturday, August 5 | 7:30 PM

School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati OH

The Mainstage series is sponsored by Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee

This concert is included in the Festival Pass and both Flex Pass subscription options

Single Tickets: $30-40 for Adults, $10 for Students, Kids 12 and under free

Ludwig van Beethoven (Recons. Barry Cooper): Symphony No. 10 (CCO Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven (Recons. Cees Nieuwenhuizen): Piano Concerto No. 6 (World Premiere)
Awadagin Pratt, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Chris Logan Carter, actor
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

Join Summermusik Director Eckart Preu for a pre-concert talk in the Mayerson Theatre at 6:45pm

Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Ludwig van Beethoven has fascinated generations of performers, audiences, and musicologists as he wrote, and rejected, many sketches before completing a symphony. By virtue of these notes, we can get a glimpse into the composer’s mind as it moves through the mysterious creative process of composing. Join us as we explore the unknown Beethoven with two reconstructed compositions. For Symphony No. 10 E-flat Major, English musicologist Barry Cooper took Beethoven’s fragmentary sketches for a first movement of an unfinished symphony and reconstructed the movement in the style of Beethoven. In a world premiere, Cincinnati-based pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform a new reconstruction of the Piano Concerto No. 6 in D Major by Dutch pianist and composer Cees Nieuwenhuizen.

The second half of the program begins with the most recognizable opening four notes to any symphony – three G’s and an e-flat – which announce Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5. The performance will be accompanied by readings from Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament, an open letter the composer wrote to his brothers Carl and Johann detailing his mental health struggles as a result of his increasing deafness.

Concert Sponsor

Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation

Reception Partner
Cora’s Cakery

Awadagin Pratt Sponsor
Friends of Summermusik

Music Sponsor
Christopher & Nancy Virgulak

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Sponsor
Aggie Nicholas & Jeff Berry

Event Supporter
Sijie Dai & Michael Mui

Hear Awadagin perform before the concert!

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School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA)

108 W Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Washington Park Garage: The Washington Park parking garage is located directly north of the SCPA campus at 1230 Elm Street.
  • Metered Street Parking: Metered street parking available on adjacent streets.


Aug 05 2023


7:30 pm
School for Creative & Performing Arts


School for Creative & Performing Arts

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