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Globe Editorial

Classical music: A home run for Beethoven

July 10, 2010

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Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that just a decade ago the destruction of Fenway Park seemed inevitable. On Wednesday, as 15,000 people crowded into the beloved sports venue to hear conductor Charles Ansbacher lead the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in the first classical-music program in the ballpark’s history, the permanence of Fenway Park in the fabric of Boston life couldn’t have been more clear.

Using the ballpark to showcase the mass appeal of classical music was an inspired idea, for which both Ansbacher and the Red Sox deserve credit. Ansbacher has long devoted himself to promoting classical music to popular audiences here and elsewhere across the country, and the current Red Sox ownership has been wildly effective in playing up the team’s — and especially the ballpark’s — role in community life.

On Wednesday, Beethoven proved to be as comfortable a presence at Fenway as Dustin Pedroia. Too bad the old master can’t step in at second base during Pedroia’s injury.