What is the Basically Beethoven Festival?
Sundays in July at 2:30
The Basically Beethoven Festival was Fine Arts Chamber Players’ inaugural concert series. Since 1981, the Festival has provided North Texas with free chamber music concerts during the month of July, a traditionally slow time for arts events in Dallas. The Festival features professional musicians from local ensembles performing a diverse range of music.
Every program includes a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 pm and a Feature Performance at 3 pm. Rising Star Recitals present local, gifted young musicians, many of whom are winners of area music contest and concerto competitions, and Feature Performances showcase professional musicians from across the Metroplex. Admission is free and performances fulfill FACP’s commitment to produce classical music concerts with no barriers to attendance. Performances are easily accessible by public transit and are attended both by longtime arts patrons and area residents who are new to classical music. Families with children are welcome.
Festival performances are routinely standing room only—arrive early for the best seats!
Sneak Peek: 2019 Basically Beethoven Festival
Festival Director Alex McDonald has programmed another fantastic Festival for our audiences. The free concert series opens July 7 with Rising Star Recitalist Noah Yi, clarinet, and the Feature Performance showcases a trio with Dallas-based musicians Grace Kang Wollett, violin; Danny Goldman, clarinet; and Mikahil Berestnev, piano. On July 14, the Rising Star will be the grand prize winner of the SMU Institute for Young Pianists concerto competition. The Feature Performance continues the afternoon of piano music, with Evan Mitchell and Jonathan Tsay performing “piano four hands” (which is two pianists sharing one instrument). July 21 will begin with Rising Star Ishan Loomba, a 2019 Junior Cliburn competitor. The Feature Performance is a string quartet with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra connections. The Festival will conclude on July 28 with a Rising Star duo: Anais Feller, violin, and Ella Tran, piano. The Feature Performance boasts a flute quartet led by Margaret Fischer, flute.