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May 15 - 18

Beethoven's 5th

No other musical statement can match its raw power and bracing energy. Jaap van Zweden conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Concertmaster Alexander Kerr, dazzling cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and internationally hailed pianist Martin Helmchen play Beethoven's joyous Triple Concerto to bring the Beethoven Festival to a magnificent conclusion!

Watch as Maestro van Zweden talks about the upcoming Beethoven Festival. The Maestro's Choice>>

Jaap van Zweden conducts
Alexander Kerr, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano


BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5


  • Beethoven

    Egmont Overture

    This powerful overture captures the ominous fate of its hero, yet a triumphant coda hints at freedom. More>>

  • Beethoven

    Triple Concerto

    Although the cello shares billing with violin and piano, its role is both more prominent and more difficult than either of the other two instruments'. More>>

  • Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5

    Tradition has assigned to the Fifth Symphony the musical metaphor of artist as hero. More>>


  • Jaap van Zweden


    Highly acclaimed for performances with the world's leading orchestras, Jaap van Zweden is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. More>>

  • Alexander Kerr is the DSO's Concertmaster, in the Michael L. Rosenberg Chair. More >>

  • American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted widespread attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. More >>

  • With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to make his impression on the international music scene. In the USA he made his concerto debut as soloist with Christoph von Dohnányi at the 2011 Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony. More >>


The Maestro's Choice

Learn more about the upcoming Beethoven Festival with Maestro van Zweden.