Beethoven: 250 – Ode to Joy!
A lecture-recital presented by Olivier de Spiegeleir
Friday April 17, 2020 at 1pm
For ages 10 and up
The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth in 1770 of Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer of so many immortal masterpieces, including the famous Ode to Joy, based on Schiller’s poem, which celebrates the brotherhood and unity of all mankind. The commented piano recitals of Belgian pianist Olivier De Spiegeleir have taken him around the world (Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada…). In this Beethoven anniversary year, he has prepared a concert of celebrated works by the genius of Bonn (whose grandfather, we often forget, was… Belgian). The program includes the Ode to Joy, certainly, but also a selection of famous sonatas, variations and bagatelles. The artist’s presentation and commentary will provide context for the entire program, and as usual, he will also illustrate the music with some of the finest pages of French poetry.
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