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Beethoven, Bach & More

(B)eyond Classics

Beethoven, Bach & More

This concert is livestream only. In-person tickets for this concert are not available.

Maestro Daniel Raiskin leads the orchestra through an eclectic musical evening showcasing the WSO’s strings, winds and brass sections.

The program begins with brass in the spotlight, and Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzon septimi No. 2, composed for the majestic St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

The program then moves to the winds and the Romantic era, with Felix Mendelssohn’s elegant and romantic Nocturno für Bläser, followed by soloists WSO Associate Concertmaster Karl Stobbe and violinist Jeremy Buzash performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, one of the prolific composer’s most famous works.

The evening culminates with a final ode to the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, and his Grosse Fuge, arranged entirely for strings in a rarely heard version of this powerful fugue.


Current ticket holders: Your ticket to the concert also includes access to the livestream of the performance on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm CST.

You will receive an email the day of the concert with a private link and instructions on how to watch the concert from home. The concert will be available for viewing for approximately 72 hours after the livestream.

Livestream tickets:

Support the WSO by purchasing a livestream ticket to the concert for $25.

Once purchased, you will receive an email the day of the concert with an exclusive link to watch the livestream.

Tickets for the recording are available for purchase until Dec. 6 at 3:00 pm CST. For orders after the first livestream, the link will be included in your order confirmation.

The concert will be available for viewing for approximately 72 hours after the first livestream.



Daniel Raiskin


Karl Stobbe


Jeremy Buzash



Canzon septimi No. 2

Giovanni Gabrieli

Nocturno für Bläser

Felix Mendelssohn

Double Violin Concerto

Johann Sebastian Bach

Grosse Fuge

Ludwig van Beethoven

Get more acquainted


  • In Gabrieli’s time the players for his Canzon septimi No. 2 would have been placed antiphonally inside St. Mark’s Cathedral to take advantage of the church’s acoustics. The spatial arrangement of the players allows the instruments to answer each other from all sides of the performance space, enveloping the listeners in a late 16th-century version of surround sound. Watch how the WSO musicians are placed on the stage of the Centennial Concert Hall for this opening piece!


  • The two solo parts of Bach’s Concerto for two violins in D minor still survive in Bach’s own handwriting. This autograph dates from around 1730, a few years after the composer had moved from Köthen to Leipzig. The Double Violin Concerto is considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.


  • Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 was originally the final movement of his String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130. However, the prospective publisher, Matthias Artaria, was worried it would not sell because if the dauntingly long and difficult finale. A request for an alternate finale was made and the composer complied. Even Beethoven himself understood that his Grosse Fuge worked better by itself.

Dec 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm


Approx 60 minutes with no intermission

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