Even if you aren't a classical music fan, chances are that you know Ludwig Van Beethoven's tunes. His "Fur Elise" has been used in movies from "Rosemary's Baby" to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," and you're guaranteed to recognize the opening "dun-dun-dun-DUN" chords of his fifth symphony.
To celebrate this iconic and universally recognizable composer, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is putting on an all-Beethoven concert and throwing a party beforehand, dubbed Beethoven & Brews. Show up at the Meyerhoff at 5:30 p.m. for cheap drinks, eats from food trucks including Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon, the Smoking Swine, and Sexy Vegie, and tunes from local rock 'n' roll band The Herd of Main Street.
After you've gotten sufficiently buzzed on $3 beers from Union Craft Brewing and Flying Dog Brewery (pour one out for Ludwig), head into the Meyerhoff for the BSO's all-Beethoven concert. Programming starts with the overture to "Fidelio," the only opera Beethoven wrote, then is followed by his Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Andrew Staupe, a soloist who has performed across the United States and Europe. (Fun fact: Beethoven himself was the soloist when his piano concerto was first performed in 1803. His hearing deteriorated rapidly after that, so much so that by 1811 he failed in an attempt to perform his fifth piano concerto, and never performed in public again.)
The BSO will close with Symphony No. 6, better known as the music that plays behind the centaurs and Bacchus-worshipping creatures in "Fantasia."