Thursday, 20 August 2020 12:43

SPAC, Saratoga Shakespeare Company Celebrate Beethoven, Present World Premiere Saturday

Press preview of Saratoga Shakespeare Company and SPAC presentation of “Testament,” at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 19, 2020. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos. Press preview of Saratoga Shakespeare Company and SPAC presentation of “Testament,” at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 19, 2020. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new audio play providing a portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven at a time of personal crisis will celebrate its world premiere on Aug. 22.

SPAC is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth with Beethoven 2020 and “Testament” - written by Damian Lanigan and co-produced with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will have its World Premiere streaming on both SSC and SPACBeethoven.org from 8 p.m. Aug. 22 until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 23.   

“Testament” is a portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven grappling with the loss of his hearing and emerging from his suffering to write one of the greatest symphonies of all time. 

Directed by Marcus Dean Fuller and featuring recordings by The Philadelphia Orchestra, “Testament” had originally been planned as a live performance at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater as part of the SSC’s 2020 summer season, but in response to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the company pivoted to an audio presentation that Fuller describes as a “musically driven audiobook.” 

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