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 19, 2015
Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Beethoven recital by Amelia Archer, flute; David Sogg, bassoon; and Richard Sogg, piano

Sonata for Horn and Piano, op. 17, arranged for Bassoon and Piano

Variations on Folksongs for piano and violin or flute ad libitum  (1818-1819)

Op. 105, No. 2. Variations on a Welsh folksong ("Von edlem Geschlecht war Shinkin")
Op. 107, No. 3. Variations on an Ukrainian folksong
Op. 107, No. 6. Variations on a Welsh folksong ("Peggy's Daughter")
Op. 107, No. 7. Variations on a Russian folkson ("Schöne Minka")
Op. 107, No. 10. Variations on a Scottish folksong ("The highland watch")

Trio for piano, flute, and bassoon, WoO 37 (1786)

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

About the performers:

Amelia Archer is the principal flutist of Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose. She enjoys performing solo and chamber music, including contemporary works of composers she has met while at the University of California, Berkeley, CUNY Queens college, and through contemporary music ensembles here in the Bay Area. She is also a member of Fortnightly Music Club and the Soirée Music Club of Los Gatos.

David Sogg joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as Co-Principal Bassoon in 1989. Before joining the PSO, he served as Principal Bassoon of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Pianist Richard Sogg is a longtime board member and docent for the American Beethoven Society who is trained in medicine and music. His many accomplishments  include having previously been the long-time neuro-ophthalmologist of Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as playing with famous composers such as Hindemith and Copland and the conductor Charles Munch.