The Beethoven Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2002 under the umbrella of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra and is conducted by Maestro Thomas Ludwig. The purpose is to be a training orchestra for children 7 years old to 17. This 35-member ensemble specializes in Baroque music but has nonetheless, a widely varied repertoire that includes Tschaikovsky, Shostakovitch, Holst, and even more modern composers.
The Beethoven Chamber Orchestra performs at Northside Hospital in a series of free concerts at the Atrium of the Women's Health Center as part of their “Healing Sounds” program. In the past the BCO has performed side by side with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra for Japan Fest at Gwinnett Center, with the Beethoven Symphony at Gwinnett Center and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, and at concerts in Dahlonega at the Buisson Arts Center. On occasions, the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra has been joined by the winds of the Ludwig Symphony as well as adult soloists from the LSO.
The Beethoven Junior Chamber Orchestra was started in 2018 and trains beginning to intermediate level students and has a separate concert schedule.
Spring Fling Gala Concert
Featured soloist will be violinist-Nadir Khashimov performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Prize-winner in over twenty international violin competitions including the Paganini, Sarasate, and Enescu International Violin Competitions, Mr. Khashimov has been soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Moscow Philharmonic among others. Critics have said that “Khashimov is quite simply one of the greatest violin virtuosi of this time with fearless technical facility and a fiery temperament”.
The program will also include the world premiere in an open recording session on the first half of the Thomas Ludwig-Symphony No. 6 in four movements. Suddenly cancelled and delayed by two years due to the onset of the pandemic, the work will finally be brought to light by a large orchestra including winds in threes, five horns, three trumpets, trombones, tuba, harp, timpani, and six percussionists. It should prove to be a challenging and colorful work.