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Beethoven 250: The Concerts

This season, Cal Performances celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Join us for concerts including Jonathan Biss, piano; the Danish String Quartet; Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and more! […]

  • Portraits of Beethoven at different ages

Beethoven 250: Travels with Beethoven

In an article called “Beethoven’s Guide to Being Human,” Larry Rothe made the case for Beethoven’s power to fill his audience with optimism, his capacity to convince a listener that good will prevail. Today, when national and world events demand we re-examine and get more serious about what “being human” means, Beethoven can help. […]

Beethoven 250: In Search of Something Unreachable

This season, pianist Jonathan Biss performs the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in seven concerts. In this excerpt from his Kindle ebook Beethoven’s Shadow, Biss considers what has developed into a lifelong effort to come to terms—both personally and professionally—with the composer’s titanic accomplishment. […]