One of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s most popular programs returns with some very special guests. The MSO will take the stage of downtown’s Saenger Theatre and welcome the addition of 2013 Grammy Award winners The Harlem Quartet.

“For the first time in our history, it’s a Beethoven sandwich,” Scott Speck, MSO music director said in a press release. “We are playing two complete symphonies of Beethoven – No. 1 and 8 – neither of which has been heard live in Mobile before. And in between is yet another novelty as we’ve never worked with a string quartet, and certainly not one as distinguished as this.”

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The Harlem Quartet debuted in 2006 at Carnegie Hall and have gone on to perform in Canada, Panama, France, Belgium and the U.K. They’ve also been featured on WNBC, CNN, the Today Show and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. In 2009, they played the White House and appeared Christmas morning on NBC’s Today Show.

The quartet has worked with jazz luminaries Chick Corea and Gary Burton, recording the album “Hot House.” Their recording “Mozart Goes Dancing” with the aforementioned jazz musicians won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition in February 2013.

In keeping with the low-key spirit, MSO is once again offering Beethoven and Blue Jeans t-shirts for sale. Revisiting popular response, they’ve feature a design by local political cartoonist J.D. Crowe. You can pre-order the attire by visiting They will also be available at the show.

The Saturday show starts at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 – $65. Students K – 12 may attend the matinee for free when accompanied by one paying adult through the MSO’s Big Red Ticket program. College students can purchase tickets for $10 with valid college identification.

Beethoven and Blue Jeans is sponsored by Alabama Power, Thompson Engineering and the Mary Joseph Larkins Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the MSO box office at 251-432-2010, in person at 257 Dauphin St. or online at

Beethoven in Blue Jeans
Where: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St.
When: Nov. 15–16