And so it begins.

There are few opening bars as instantly recognizable as those in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. According to some scholars, the first four notes, vigorous, expressive and teetering on dark, are a manifestation of “fate, knocking on the door.”

In this case, wherein a new Queens-based orchestra will play the famous piece for its first-ever concert, the interpretation seems to fit.

Conductor and founder Dong Hyun Kim said Beethoven set out writing the symphony believing he would soon die. But, he famously went on to compose four more symphonies. It all tells a powerful story building toward hope, he said.

“From the darkness to the brightness,” Kim said of the journey. “So I hope there is brightness for our concert orchestra.”


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