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 16, 2017
Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Recital by Sandra Wright Shen

Beethoven: 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80 and the Piano Sonata in C Minor, op. 111; Schumann, Fantasie in C Major, op. 17

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

About the artist:

Sandra ShenSandra Wright Shen has been described as a classical "pianist of the first order" and a "heartstopping beauty." With her passion, musicality, and inspiration, she aims to move hearts through music.

Sandra has appeared at the Kennedy Music Center in DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, Monte Carlo Opera House, Granada Intl Music Festival, Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Brevard Music Festival and Masterworks Music Festival.

Sandra won first prize in the 2012 International Piano Competition of France, and first prizes in the 1997 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano Competition, and the Peabody Frances M. Wentz Memorial Prize.

She has recorded 3 CDs, debuting with her Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. Sandra received her BM and MM in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, under Ann Schein. She has also trained with Zalina Gurevich, Oleg Barsov and Thomas Laratta. She is on the piano faculty at the Brevard Music Festival, was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Furman University, and former piano faculty at Southern Illinois University. Sandra is a Steinway Artist.

Mixing music and philanthropy, Sandra has played benefit concerts for disaster victims, foster children, and music education. She is Honorary Advisor for Young Music Foundation and board member for Coland Foundation. An ambassador of classical music, Sandra filmed a 4-part series titled "The Movements of the Master Pianists" for Hong Kong TV and "Inspiration From Above" for US CreationTV. She also hosted a classical radio program in Taiwan.

Because of her ability to touch people's hearts with music, and through her sweet, positive spirit, audiences throughout the world have declared her "an angel."


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.