Beethoven's Birthday Celebration

Annual Beethoven Birthday Party and Open House

Every December, on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the month, the Center celebrates Beethoven's birthday with an open house, refreshments, and a short concert or lecture. We welcome Beethoven enthusiasts of all ages to join us!

December 17, 2016
Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Recital by Sarah Jones-Hayes, violin, and Frank Levy, piano

Program TBA

FREE. For more information, call 408-808-2058

About the performers:

Dr. Sarah Jones-Hayes recently joined the faculty at San Jose State University. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, Europe and China. She will join the faculty at San Jose State University in fall 2016 as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola. She has held teaching positions at Arkansas State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music's preparatory department and Interlochen Summer Camp and Violin Institute.

Sarah has served as concertmaster of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Delta Symphony and has performed as associate concertmaster of Cape Cod. She has also been a member of Canton, Akron, Traverse and Arkansas symphony orchestras. She holds a DMA in violin performance from the University of Michigan and received her bachelors in violin performance and masters in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Principal teachers include David Updegraff, Constantine Kiradjieff and David Halen.

​Sarah plays on a 1795 Varotti.

Pianist Frank Lévy is Professor of Piano at San Jose State University. A semi-finalist in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Lévy has an international career as a recitalist with regular performances in New York, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Winterthur. An active chamber musician, Mr. Lévy has performed at the Marlboro Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Tibor-Varga Festival in Switzerland, the Alex de Vries Festival in Belgium, and the Thonon festival in France. Frank Lévy collaborated with The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Music of the Spheres Society, The Alcan Quartet and Quartet Arthur LeBlanc in Canada. Mr. Lévy taught at the Juilliard School Pre0College Divisiont for 13 years (1995-2008) and in the DMA program of the CUNY Graduate Center (2008-2012). More about Frank Lévy.


New York City, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, among others. Frank Levy has given master classes and lectures throughout North America and Europe including Florida International University, University of Utah for Gina Bachauer Foundation, University of Miami, Bishop's University in Canada, Barry University and at the Geneva and Bern Conservatories. Mr. Lévy has served as an adjudicator on many competitions in the United States and Europe.