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Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Feb, 2017

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM


Feb, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Beethoven’s sparkling Eighth Symphony is a compact, energetic charmer that zips right along; the Seventh’s infectious rhythmic drive and unrelenting momentum sweep you along and makes every part of you feel like dancing! Herbert Blomstedt conducts (“What he does is love music, and he communicates that love … with conducting that exudes delight.” — The Washington Post).



Symphony No. 8



Symphony No. 7


Herbert Blomstedt


Herbert Blomstedt


Herbert Blomstedt


Born in the United States to Swedish parents, Herbert Blomstedt began his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the University of Uppsala. He later studied conducting at The Juilliard School in New York, contemporary music in Darmstadt, and Renaissance and Baroque music in Basel. He worked with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg and Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood.

Mr. Blomstedt made his debut as conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954. He has served as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and the Swedish and Danish National Symphony Orchestras. For a ten-year period he was chief conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle and music director of the San Francisco Symphony. He was subsequently music director of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony, and from 1998 to 2005 he was music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; as honorary conductor of the latter, he returns to Leipzig regularly. Five other orchestras have awarded him the title of honorary conductor: the Dresden Staatskapelle and the NHK, Danish National, Swedish Radio, and Bamberg symphony orchestras.

Mr. Blomstedt appears as guest conductor with the world’s major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and all leading American orchestras. In 2011 he made his Vienna Philharmonic debut, which immediately resulted in a regular collaboration.

Herbert Blomstedt’s extensive discography includes numerous award-winning recordings. He recorded more than 130 works with the Dresden Staatskapelle, including the complete Beethoven and Schubert symphonies; the complete orchestral works of Carl Nielsen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra; and The San Francisco Years, a 15-CD box retrospective of his tenure with the San Francisco Symphony on Decca Records. His box set of the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on Querstand won an International Classical Music Award.

Mr. Blomstedt holds several honorary doctorates and is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy. He was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit and received the prestigious Danish Léonie Sonning Music Prize for lifetime achievement. 

Learn more about Herbert Blomstedt
Special Thanks

These performances are sponsored by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

Herbert Blomstedt’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.


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