G-G-G-E-flat: Perhaps the most famous four notes in all musicdom. Theyve been used to introduce comically enormous dogs, spun into intense rave remixes, and are recognized by even the most classical-averse. Ludwig van Beethoven was descending into silence as he composed his Fifth Symphonyperhaps thats why he wrote something that began with a solid shock to the heart. The Seattle Symphony, led by Gerard Schwarz, brings it to life this weekend on the heels of their New Years Eve performance of that other really famous symphony he wrote. But for the weak of heart and stomach, the program will ease you out of your extended post-New Years hangover, beginning with Johann Strauss On the Beautiful Blue Danube and leading into Mozarts Piano Concerto no. 20 featuring 26-year-old Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. The program notes call the Fifth an exploration of fate, so perhaps heres a chance to meditate on those 2008 resolutions. If youre not a symphony regular, its also a good time to find out what happens after those famous first four notes.
Sat., March 1, 11 a.m.; Sat., March 8, 11 a.m., 2008