The Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Art Museum marry their artistic mediums for a performance of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s love for nature and his many walks throughout the forests and meadows of Vienna, Austria, fostered the creation of his Symphony No. 6, which he named “Pastoral.” Similarly, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra sought local inspiration when it decided to partner with the Asheville Art Museum for this February’s concert.
From the collaboration of both organizations came the decision to pair pieces from the art museum’s collection with the symphony’s music to create a multisensory performance. Images or scenes of western North Carolina scroll in the background, while the symphony performs Beethoven’s “Pastoral” in the foreground. These artistic renderings of the mountains and rolling landscapes of western North Carolina portray the same bucolic themes found in Beethoven’s symphony.
“Like a ballet, there will be a lot of listening and looking,” says Pam Myers, executive director of the art museum. “But the viewer must make the decision about when and how they look for themselves.”
Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6
Performed by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra
February 11, 8 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
For tickets, call (828) 254-7046, or visit ashevillesymphony.org.