Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash

Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall


$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

“[Beethoven’s] combination of beauty and unpredictability, extreme emotional depth and intellectual rigour, across so many genres, is unsurpassed and probably always will be.”
BBC Music

Listen local! The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes.

Private Lessons Teachers will perform the Quintet in E-Flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16 featuring Libby Van Cleve on oboe, Charlie Suriyakham on clarinet, Robert Hoyle on French horn, and Gary Bennett on bassoon; Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 featuring Julie Ribchinsky on cello; and the Grosse Fugue for string quartet, Op. 133 featuring the West End String QuartetSarah Washburn and Marianne Vogel on violin, Wesleyan Chamber Music Ensemble Director John Biatowas on viola, and Anne Berry on cello; as well as pieces written as homages by graduate student composers. Wesleyan South Indian music faculty—vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam—will share their own renditions of the German composer’s work as well as selections by Tyagaraja.

Image: portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler from 1820.