FOCUS is an expansive exploration of classical music unfolding over ten days. With artistic direction and concept by Alexander Shelley, The NAC Orchestra dives deep into a singular theme, going beneath the surface of the music and its makers through concerts, lectures, chats, podcasts, exhibits and more.
FOCUS’ inaugural Beethoven Series explores the multi-faceted musical mastermind. NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley brings to light the creative musical genius of Beethoven the composer, whose work changed classical music profoundly.
The series also dives into the man behind the music: With great respect for tradition, he was an unwitting yet stalwart champion of modern ideals and helped to advance man’s right to self-determination. Beethoven’s philosophical outlook on humanity profoundly inspired his work, as did the immense personal challenges that he faced. The 10 day series traces the evolution of a legend and his imprint on history.