March 26, 2021
Online and at Spadina Theatre

A lecture-recital presented by Olivier de Spiegeleir

Friday March 26, 2021

For ages 10 and up

60 minutes

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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