Beethoven concert opens Fall Arts Celebration

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Fall Arts Celebration has been an annual event at Grand Valley State University since 2003. Each year, some of the world’s greatest poets, artists, scholars, dancers and musicians have showcased their talents. Six enriching events are planned for 2012. All are open to the public with free admission. Seats fill quickly; arrive early.

The opening night event Monday, September 10, 8 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, is a performance by Grand Valley Music Department faculty members, students and guest artists, “Music for the ‘Era of Good Feelings’: Beethoven in Federalist America.”

The “Era of Good Feelings” in America followed the end of the War of 1812, which had included the fall of Detroit and Fort Mackinac to the British, and the subsequent end of the Napoleonic Wars, which had caused upheaval throughout much of Europe.

The Music Department celebrates the bicentennial of this new age of peace with a performance of three works by Ludwig Van Beethoven that reflected the values of liberty and freedom so important to the growing republic: “The Ruins of Athens,” Opus 113, written in 1811-12; “Christ on the Mount of Olives,” with its rousing final “Hallelujah” chorus; and “Wellington’s Victory,” composed in 1813.

For more information about Fall Arts Celebration, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, or call (616) 331-2180.