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Distinguished Artists Presents: Beethoven's 250th Celebration
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Distinguished Artists Presents: Beethoven's 250th Celebration


Wed, December 9, 2020 7:00 PM, PST

375 of 500 spots still available
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
No bathroom at this event

A Four-Part Concert Series, from 12/6-12/9 at 7:00pm PST

*To sign up for an individual event, scroll down to the listings below

Welcome to a celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday Year - featuring significant works for his favorite instrument - the piano. Our four-day festival features performer's who are among the most esteemed interpreters of his music, including pianists Jonathan Biss, Garrick Ohlsson, Alon Goldstein and Audrey Vardanega with cellist Tanya Tomkins.

The festival will include favorites like the Pathetique Sonata and Les Adieux, as well as the towering Hammerklavier. The opening concert will begin with remarks from the director of the Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, Dr. Erica Buurman, and will conclude with a live Q & A session featuring the performers.

We hope you will join us for the festival starting Sunday, December 6th at 7 pm PST, for stimulating live discussions and dazzling performances honoring one of the greatest composers of all time.


Alon Goldstein
Tanya Tomkins
Jonathan Biss
Garrick Ohlsson

Four performances from 12/6-12/9 at 7:00pm PST

Sunday, December 6th—Alon Goldstein, Piano

Sonata no. 13 in E flat major, op 27 no 1 “quasi una fantasia”
Sonata no. 14 in C sharp minor, op 27 no 2 (moonlight)
Sonata no. 26 in E flat major op 81a “Les Adieux”

Monday, December 7—Tanya Tomkins, Cello and Audrey Vardanega, Piano

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op 69
(performed on gut strings and the 'Poletti' fortepiano)
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1

Tuesday, December 8th—Jonathan Biss, Piano

Sonata no. 8 in c minor op 13 - Pathetique”
Sonata no. 27 in e minor op 90
Sonata no. 32 in c minor op 111

Wednesday, December 9th—Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Sonata no. 24 in F sharp major, op 78 “A Therese”
Sonata no. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”


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Olga Euben, over 2 years ago

Where and when do I pay my $24.00??? Thanx,
Olga Euben

Christos Vayenas, over 2 years ago

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the festival during and after the concert; thank you for your support, and we look forward to sharing these beautiful works and performances with you!

, over 2 years ago

If we are in a later time zone will the co veers be available to watch at another time?

Christos Vayenas, over 2 years ago

Yes, the performances will be available to watch up to a week after the date of the concert

Bruce Russell, over 2 years ago

How do we listen to the concerts after the performances?

Christos Vayenas, over 2 years ago

The concerts will be available for private viewing until Sunday December 13th—please email us at [email protected] to request a direct link

James Blodgett, over 2 years ago

Why can't I open up the Jonathan Biss performance? The only one that it seems I can view is Garrick Ohlsson


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