We’re singing the music of the greats for this final concert of the season – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bernstein, The Beatles. They’re stars of the western musical firmament. We learn them early in piano classes. We sing and perform them in some of the biggest stages in the world. But it’s easy to forget that every single one of them started out as nobodies and nonentities. They all had serious challenges, and dealt with early, poorly paid gigs during which they had to figure out a plan B.
Bach, for instance, was a famously bad tempered brawler who did at least one stint in jail. Beethoven, who began losing hearing at 25, didn’t help his own cause by being a huge slob and a space cadet. Brahms was a late bloomer, few thought the composing thing would work out. And then we have The Beatles – the weird-haired Liverpudlians often weresome hapless club manager’s plan B!
Whether they had to grow into their talent, or whether the audiences did, the greats all started out as journeymen who didn’t quite fit the bill. Yet, they persisted, rewrote the scores, and redefined their time for the ages – much to our lasting joy.
Bach mastered counterpoint, overlapping melodies to exalt a simple meditative arioso into a sweep of sound. Beethoven blew away sedate parlors that had forgotten how much passion and energy sheet the pianoforte can unleash. Brahms contained multitudes under tempered surfaces. Bernstein reinterpreted ancient star-crossed lovers for the modern age. And The Beatles – none of whom had a formal music education – challenged the idea that popular music was simple or simplistic.
Lennon famously said “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Come listen to Plan B, where joy is what happens when the classics rearrange the notes.
Tickets are on sale now.
$25/adults, $20/seniors(65+) and students (15 – 18).
Youth age 14 and younger attend FREE.