Beethoven: As You've Never Heard Him Before

 Tuesday, June 29, 2021 
3:00pm-4:30pm  
Orchestra Hall

Lovers of great music in our own times have ready access to the symphonies, concertos, and many other works by our most beloved composers, pre-recorded by the world’s finest musicians on CDs and DVDs. But most patrons in Beethoven’s time rarely heard his larger works in their original concert versions, but rather in “reductions” for piano solo, piano four hands, or various other chamber arrangements. Or, at the other extreme, later composers arranging a sonata for full orchestra, a string quartet for a modern string orchestra? Imagine the Violin concerto played on another instrument? The Beethoven “oddities” sampled in this program go to such extremes as to surprise, delight, and amaze the audience. After practically every selection, you will find yourself saying, “I never heard THAT before!”

M.J. Albacete, Presenter

M.J. Albacete comes to Lakeside with a life-experience in the arts. Travel around the Mediterranean Sea for two years in the US Navy provided opportunities to visit historic sites and great museums abroad. He has his BA from Walsh College (now Walsh University), and an MA from Akron University. MJ joined the staff of the Canton Museum of Art in 1975, was soon elevated to Associate Director, and in 1988, to the Executive Directorship. In that role, his involvement in many arts projects resulted in lecture programs throughout Ohio and other locations, for several years as a member of the Ohio Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Early in his museum career, MJ bonded with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, based on his passion for concert music. Across the span of 35 years, he has provided many music lectures for the CSO, and is presently creating a series of music lectures for their Website. For five years he reviewed their concerts for the Canton Repository, at the same time providing record and CD reviews for FANFARE magazine. His “Unknown Wagner” lecture has been presented to Wagner Societies in Canton, New York, and Boston. Now in retirement, MJ continues to teach at Kent State University Stark Campus as an Adjunct Professor (over 35 years) on the History of Architecture.

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