French Horns, Beethoven, the Apocalypse — Oh My!

Fine Arts Chamber Players’ 38th annual Basically Beethoven Festival continues Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall. Join us for a fun, FREE afternoon of great music.

French horn quartet, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, will play a family-friendly concert of orchestral and opera hits, including the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” the “William Tell” overture and selections from “Carmen” and “La Traviata.”

Trust us. You’ll know the music even if you don’t recognize the titles.

The Hornsmen, known for their easygoing, down-to-earth approach to the classical repertoire, have performed all over the country in recitals, educational programs and teaching camps, including the University of Texas at Arlington Honors Horn Camp. Sunday’s concert is a must-go for young musicians, especially brass players and band students.

The Basically Beethoven Festival marks one of the few chances to catch classical music concerts during the summer in the city, because many orchestras migrate north to music festivals in cooler climates.

What’s better than an indoor concert with air conditioning? The concerts features North Texas musicians playing Beethoven’s music, as well as other composers playing both contemporary styles and styles from times past.

Each Basically Beethoven concert begins with a short recital by promising young artists. This week, local oboist William Sprinkle performs and shares the spot light with pianist Eduardo Rojas, founder of the Rojas School of Music in Grapevine. William will play what’s left of Beethoven’s once-lost Oboe Concerto, along with virtuoso pieces by Haydn and Saint-Saëns.

Ride any DART line or catch D-Link to Pearl/Arts District Station. Moody Performance Hall sits just a short walk away, north at 2520 Flora St. Seating opens at 2:00 p.m. Come early to guarantee a seat.

After Sunday, you have one more chance to catch a Basically Beethoven Festival concert on July 29th. The concert, called “Art Song,” highlights composer Jason Mulligan’s works for piano and voice and the powerhouse voice/piano duo of bass Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern, performing modern and classical French and American songs.

See you Sunday!

By: Jeff Tullis, intern and assistant director of the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival.

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