2022 Basically Beethoven Festival Announcement

Join us in July for the 2022 Basically Beethoven Festival!
Basically Beethoven Festival 2022 — Sundays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 2:30pm
Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas
DALLAS (June 14, 2021) – Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is pleased to announce the 2022 Basically Beethoven Festival will be performed live Sundays, July 10 17, 24, and 31st, 2:30pm at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, 75201. A favorite of north Texas audiences for more than 40 seasons, this year’s Basically Beethoven Festival will feature four free chamber music concerts featuring Dallas’ top professional musicians. As always, FACP programs are free to enjoy with no admission.

The theme for 2022 is “Music in Wartime.” Festival Director Alex McDonald said, “Music is about all of life, and war is an unavoidable aspect of life. And yet, against the backdrop of the cacophony of war, we can more clearly appreciate and respond to beauty’s call. In this year’s festival, music and war come together as twin themes that show us reason to contemplate, lament, and hope. Shadows prove the sunshine, and it is my hope that dark themes will remind us of the critical role that beauty takes in our common life together.”“One example of this is Beethoven’s ‘Les Adieux’ Sonata,” McDonald continued, “which tells the true story from Beethoven’s life when his friend and patron The Archduke Rudolf was forced to flee from the Napoleonic invasion. The states of Beethoven’s personal anxiety and eventual joy at his friend’s return are conveyed in the music with power and immediacy.”“When Alex told us what he was planning, I was speechless in the best way. In fact, everyone on the board of directors mentioned that his presentation – even without the music – was fascinating in itself,”

Executive Director Morgan Vaughan said: “Chamber music was designed to be among friends and is of the moment. Alex’s choice for this season exactly fits the inherent nature of chamber music – citizens and friends assembled, crying, laughing, and exclaiming over the beauty, and bewildered by the awful. It’s exactly right.” The festival will be available online – eventually, Vaughan said. Since the pandemic began, FACP has been recording the concerts for our online presence.“We will continue doing that for this festival as well, but the videos won’t be available until after the festival is over in August. We really want to encourage people to be together – to share the experience with others,” she said. “Of course, we will absolutely follow all local and federal guidelines in terms of COVID-19. And, again, anyone who cannot attend in person for whatever reason will be able to view the concerts online sometime in August.” Links to the 2022 Basically Beethoven Festival will be available through FACP’s website and newsletter.

The 4 distinct pieces of art used in FACP’s posters/social media for the 2022 Basically Beethoven Festival represent each of the concerts and is by Joseph Kuipers, who is the cellist in the July 17 concert. A gifted cellist, teacher, and creator of abstract works, Mr. Kuiper’s abstracts are modern parables, leading the viewers in pilgrimage through effective juxtapositions of colors and textures.

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