Even if you don't like classical music, you probably like Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." Its opening motif is possibly the most powerful and familiar four-note passage in musical history.
It's even more powerful when you hear it played live by an excellent orchestra, and this weekend you'll have your chance. Beethoven's Fifth is the centerpiece for the final masterworks concert of the year from the Sarasota Orchestra.
It's scheduled for Friday-Sunday. Friday's concert is at the Neel Performing Arts Center at State College of Florida, and the other two are at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
If you want to go, you might want to act quickly: the Saturday and Sunday performances are already sold out.
It promises to be a great concert for Beethoven lovers, because it also features his "Egmont" overture.
Rounding out the program is Ginastera's "Harp Concerto," featuring Sarasota Orchestra principal harpist Cheryl Losey.
Philip Mann, the music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, conducts.
On Thursday morning, Mann and Losey will be at David Cohen Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, to discuss the concert's program with audience members and moderator Phil Gainsley. Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments are served at 10 a.m. and the conversation starts at 10:30 a.m.
Details: April 4, Neel Performing Arts Center at State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton; April 5-6, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Tickets: $30-$84. Information: 941-953- 3434, www.sarasotaorchestra.org.
-- Marty Clear