Masterworks Series 

Beethoven’s Seventh

Saturday September 23 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday September 24 at 3:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performing Arts Center

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Shawn Earle, Clarinet


ADAMS  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

MOZART  Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

About the Program

New Music Director Benjamin Rous kicks off his tenure at the Charlottesville Symphony with a concert that showcases the visceral thrill of orchestral music. The program moves from the dazzling, breathless virtuosity of John Adams’ fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine to the sumptuous lyricism of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, performed by Principal Clarinet Shawn Earle. And it closes with Beethoven’s brilliant Seventh Symphony, famous for its infectious energy and probing intensity.

Read the program notes for the September concerts by clicking here.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, September 23 at 7:15pm in *Maury Hall, Room 209*. Maury Hall is located next to Minor Hall, directly to the south (see its location on a map by clicking here). The Symphony will send reminders about this location change and will have signs posted on September 23 directing patrons to the lecture location.

The Symphony is pleased to offer online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures free of charge. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email at 6:00am on Sunday, September 24 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


For information about seating sections and ticket policies, please click here.


For information about the venues, directions, parking and accessibility, click here.


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