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Cambrian Symphony


Due to concerns over COVID-19 (also referred to as coronavirus) this event has been cancelled.

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Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020

Major events are in the works to celebrate the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most valued and gifted composers in human history.

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Julian Jacobson

34th Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition & Concert with Julian Jacobson

Saturday, April 4, 2020:

Competition: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Julian Jacobson Master Class: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2 p.m:

Julian Jacobson, piano recital
Concert Hall, San Jose State University

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 directives.


The Beethovens on the Rhine: Exploring Beethoven's Love of Nature Exhibition - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The exhibition will be extended when library reopens.

January 21 - extended indefinitely

Learn about the Beethoven family in Bonn and the natural world of Beethoven's childhood home.

Check out this video to learn more about our exhibit:


SJSU Symphony Orchestra 

Earth Day performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no.6

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.  

Takacs Quartet

Takács Quartet Concert

Friday, May 1, 2020 

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.


Beethoven and other performers 

Beethoven’s Chamber Music International Symposium

April 30–May 2, 2020 

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the symposium has been postponed until further notice.


Beethoven in Nature

Beethoven Nature Hike

Saturday, May 9 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Share in Beethoven's love of nature and better understand his creative process in this guided hike at Alum Rock Park.

If you will be joining us for the event, please download as a pdf or word file, fill out, and save this form and send completed form to: janice.zelaya@sjsu.edu

Location: Alum Rock Park, Visitor's Center
15350 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose, CA 95127 

Parking fee $6

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