Beginning in the Fall of 2022, the Columbia County Orchestra began its Beethoven Series. The orchestra performed Beethoven Symphony No.1, as well as featuring Dr. Clara Park of Augusta University’s music faculty, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1. The Beethoven Series has been a dream of the CCO Music Director, Rob Nordan, for several seasons. The original plan was to begin the Beethoven series during the 2020-2021 season. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, these plans were delayed.
The beginning of the Beethoven Series in actuality began during the 2022-23 season, with Beethoven 1: the symphony and the piano concerto, both in C Major.
For the 2022-23 season, the Beethoven Series continues with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (The Pastoral), and Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Professor of Music, Dr. Martin Jones, of Augusta University. Dr. Jones is married to Dr. Clara Park. Plans are for both Dr. Park and Dr. Jones to continue collaborating with the orchestra on all the remaining piano concertos. They will each be playing Beethoven piano concertos with the orchestra. Plans also include the orchestra playing Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, for the Fall 2023 Beethoven Concert.