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