The Beethoven Festival Orchestra

The goal of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra is to develop multicultural audiences. When diverse groups of people come together and experience the arts as one… they develop an appreciation for our shared humanity. Making the arts accessible to as broad an audience as possible helps build a better society.

Unfortunately classical music presentation is often characterized by an elitist attitude of exclusivity and exclusion. The main purpose of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra (BFO) is to provide affordable performances by the highest caliber artists. All seats for the same price as a movie ticket, and half price for students and seniors.

The organization embraces all kinds of music. Then why is it named after Beethoven? Beethoven wrote that his music was for the benefit of the poor. He intended his music to be enjoyed by everyone, not just an elite segment of society. It’s the same with all the great composers. The word “festival” in the entity’s name describes each performance as a special event.

A key component is the outreach program, bringing small groups of performers to schools and churches, especially in communities to provide first-time exposure to classical music thereby stimulating interest among populations who might not otherwise seek out such entertainment.

Another important component of the BFO will be its youth orchestra instilling in its members the values of unity and hard work toward the achievement of great results, with musicians from the professional orchestra mentoring and coaching the individual sections of the youth orchestra.
 

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Documentaries

The Legendary Vladimir Horowitz

The life and music of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

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HEIFETZ

Cesare Civetta, conductor, explores the life and music of one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others.

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Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High “C’s”

Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Tosti, Puccini, and others. An exploration of the life and art of the great tenor, the singer’s philosophy in his own words, and his incredible work with pop artists to raise money for many causes.

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The Genius and Tragedy of Jacqueline du Pré

A profile of one of the greatest cellists: a starburst, and one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

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The Great Artur Rubinstein

Cesare Civetta, conductor of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra explores the life and music of Rubinstein!

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Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime

The fascinating life and beautiful music of a composer WAY ahead of his time.

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Slava Rostropovich! The Courageous Humanitarian

A tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, pianist, conductor, human rights activist. Music of Prokofiev, Haydn, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Bach, R. Strauss, and Popper. Thrown out of the former Soviet Union for sheltering Alexandr Solzhenitsen, and then appointed conductor of the National Symphony, Wash. D.C.

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Pablo Casals for Peace

A journey through the great Catalan humanitarian’s life and music, peace activist extraordinaire, cellist, pianist, composer, conductor, the marriage of an 80 year-old to a 20 year-old. Casals, who was still conducting and playing cello in Israel at 97!

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Toscanini & Wagner

Learn about Toscanini’s love for Wagner’s music and why the composer’s family held the maestro in the highest esteem among conductors.

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A Celebration of Charlie Chaplin

The tumultuous life and times of Charlie Chaplin, once the most famous man in the world. This video contains little known information about Chaplin’s fascinating private life and show excerpts from 19 Chaplin films including his anti Hitler film, The Great Dictator.

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How Shostakovich Survived to Protest Stalin’s Anti-Semitism

Let’s take a look at one of Russia’s praised musicians, who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Dmitri Shostakovich lived a worrisome life, but somehow was able to compose genius compositions under the worst of circumstances. Here in this movie you will see performances of his work by pianist Yuja Wang, cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist David Oistrakh, & many more!

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Pete Seeger, A Great American Patriot

The story of how one man with a banjo unified and strengthened the movements to unionize workers, fight for civil rights and oppose war.

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Louis Armstrong: Poison in Their Coffee

Uncle Tom or revolutionary? A new take on the father of jazz. Created by Cesare Civetta and hunter ferguson, featuring rare recordings and footage, and little known details of the Ambassador of Goodwill.

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How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews

Features interviews from conductor Cesare Civetta’s book, The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro, and the story of Toscanini’s defiance of Mussolini and protests against Hitler including Toscanini’s launching of the Israel Philharmonic.

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Victorious Tina Turner

The inspiring story of how she endured an abusive marriage for 16 years, her chanting of the Buddhist mantra Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and her amazing rise to the top as one of the most electrifying entertainers ever. Narrated by Cesare Civetta.

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