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This groupmuse happened on Saturday, January 6, at 3:00 PM PST.

This is a Groupmuse

A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.

Monica Chew Plays Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Monica Chew Plays Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Albany hill

Sat, January 6, 2018 3:00 PM, PST

6 of 25 spots still available
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
No bathroom at this event
Cats live here
ADA access
Not accessible

Overlooking the Berkeley Hills with sweeping views, come listen to Monica perform.

What's the music?

Doors open at 3:00, music starts at 3:30.

I'll be playing Beethoven's magnum opus for piano, the op. 120 Diabelli variations! In 1819 composer Antonin Diabelli wrote a rather mundane waltz and invited all of the important composers (including Schubert, Hummel, and even Liszt!) to write variations on it, with the intention of fundraising for survivors of the Napoleonic Wars. In typical fashion, Beethoven went way overboard, writing 33 variations in a period of 4 years that transmogrify Diabelli's banal source material into something transcendent and divine. These variations last an hour, but most likely I'll break after variation 17 for a more groupmuse-friendly format.

If time permits, I'll start with a smaller work, possibly some Debussy preludes, or maybe Chick Corea.


Exact address sent to approved attendees via email.


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Monica C., almost 6 years ago

Dear friends, Lauren is opening her doors at 3pm, and music will start at 3:30. We are so looking forward to seeing you!

Monica C., almost 6 years ago

Thank you everyone for coming, and many thanks to Lauren and Chris for hosting! It was a joy to play for you all among the turkeys :) If you'd like to receive email notifications about upcoming concerts, I send them out about once a month. You can drop me a line at [email protected] or add yourself to my mailing list at


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