"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will open its five-weekend Midwinter Beethoven Festival sponsored by Guidant Foundation, titled Beethoven: The Independent Spirit, with an all-orchestral program featuring Beethoven’s popular masterpiece — Symphony No. 5 in C Minor — plus works by Richard Strauss, Paul Hindemith and 20th century Mexican composer Carlos Chávez in concerts Jan. 4-6 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The concerts will be led by dynamic conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Eugene Symphony and former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, who will make his ISO debut in these concerts.

Tickets for the Jan. 4, 11 a.m. Coffee Classical Series concert range from $10.50-$40.95, and prices for the Jan. 5-6, 8 p.m. programs range from $10-$63.

The festival will continue Jan. 7, when the ISO presents two intimate chamber music performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The concerts will feature guest artists and ISO musicians performing Beethoven Quartets and Trios in a unique concert setting in which the audience will join the musicians on stage in an intimate “theater in-the-round” setting. Plus, the ISO will host a luncheon and lecture titled “Composers as Independent Spirits” at 1 p.m. presented by Joy Calico, assistant professor of musicology at Vanderbilt University.

Tickets to each individual event are $20 each, or patrons may attend all three events, including the luncheon, for $45.

The festival celebrates the innovation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music, plus other composers who followed in his footsteps by creating their own unique composing styles as individuals that embodied Beethoven’s independent spirit as an artist and as a person.

Tickets may be ordered by calling the box office at 317-639-4300

or online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.

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