Beethoven 5

When: Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. 2013

Take the weighty short-short-short-long opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor and compare it to the sampled version in a Robin Thicke song, 200 years later, and you begin to see the piece's emotional range. Sure, there are arguments about whether or not the composer meant to tie the timing motif into later movements, but who cares? It's amazing music. See the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Christopher Wilkins, former music director for the Colorado Springs Symphony, bring it all home at Beethoven 5. The performance begins at 8 tonight (and 2:30 tomorrow), at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), and tickets start at $19. Or, catch a live telecast of the evening performance at Colorado College for free. — Bryce Crawford

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