The legacy of Beethoven informed much of Brahms’s creative life. Beethoven’s second symphony–in an arrangement created for St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble–is performed alongside Serenade No.1 in D, an early work that Brahms considered calling his first symphony. The original nonet version was destroyed when Brahms adapted it into a symphonic version—restored here by Alan Boustead.
6:30 pm: A pre-concert discussion with OSL Director of Artistic Administration A.J. Benson who will provide an introduction to the arrangement of the Beethoven symphony and reconstruction of Brahms’s Serenade, as well as a context for Brahms’s steps towards a symphonic form.
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, arranged by Andy Stein
BRAHMS - Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, reconstructed by Alan Boustead
Orchestra of St. Luke’s grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that began performing concerts in 1974 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Today, Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs approximately 80 concerts each year at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, while keeping the intimacy of chamber music at the heart of its diverse musical programs. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, which provides rehearsal, recording, and performance space for more than 30,000 musicians annually; hosts free concerts and events for over 10,000 New York City students and families; and provides after-school instrumental instruction for the 125+ members of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Student tickets are available for this performance. Please call the Box Office at 212 501 3330 or visit in person for more information.