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pianist Louis Schwizgebel
Pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of the old Ludwig Van, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera scores big time with a presentation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $44 and can be purchased online.

Here’s how the philharmonic describes the early 19th century piece and a later-19th-century work by another master composer whose last name begins with the letter B:

“Warm. Bold. Driving. Lyrical. Just a few words to describe Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto and (Johannes) Brahms’ Second Symphony. Led from the podium by Maestro Ari Pelto, and featuring soloist Louis Schwizgebel on piano, this is the Beethoven and Brahms you must hear.”

The philharmonic’s season continues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, with “Opera Favorites,” also at the downtown performing arts center. Timothy Meyers conducts operatic works by Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini, along with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, the “Italian.”

Then on March 5, at the same time and place, the orchestra will present works that include Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Elissa Lee Koljonen is the guest violinist and Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts.

For more information about the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, visit its website.