Ludwig van Beethoven was a mason… and now his symphonies will be played during the grand opening of the brand new auditorium, Sunday, at the Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington, Minn.
This YouTube video provides a virtual tour of the concert hall, for those who can’t make it to the unveiling:
$20 million dollars went into the construction of the Masonic Heritage Center; $80,000 of which devoted to the sound system alone to make you feel as if you’re surrounded on all sides by the musicians while they play.
There are 450 seats in the auditorium, giving the setting an intimate quality.
Beethoven was the impetus for a movement of beautiful classical music to set in motion a standard that is still in place today.
While most of his symphonies are hours long, you can listen to pieces of each of them, courtesy of the fine musicians who carry his spirit passed the realms of the unthinkable into fruition today.
The Beethoven concert will feature musicians and ensembles from around the Twin Cities, including MacPhail Center for Music’s premier adult choral ensemble, SONOMENTO, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, pianists Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell and Bryon Wilson, and variety of guest artists.
Now, here’s a video of a man playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” using Glocks.
You can hear an arrangement of Beethoven’s symphonies, live this Sunday, for the unveiling of the new Ives Auditorium at the Masonic Heritage Center.
Beethoven’s original sheet music via Reddit