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 13, 2014
Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Program of Beethoven's vocal music including "An die ferne Geliebte" with Richard Mix, bass, and Allan Crossman, piano.

Richard Mix (bass) appears with over a dozen Bay Area opera companies singing a repertoire that embraces Wagner and Monteverdi as well as Scelsi and Stockhausen. A former cellist, he made his singing debut as Truelove in Berkeley Contemporary Opera's 1992 production of The Rake's Progress and went on to the Darmstädter Sommerferienkurse für neue Musik, where he was awarded a Patenring grant and re-invited in 1994 and 1996. West coast premieres range from Arthur in Maxwell Davis' The Lighthouse to C.P.E. Bach's 1789  Matthaeuspassion. Recent roles are Wotan in Die Walküre, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and the Nabokovian title role in Vladimir in Butterfly Country by Ann Callaway.

Allan Crossman has had the special pleasure of accompanying many vocal soloists in concert and on the theater stage, among them Mary Lou Basaraba, Sarita Cannon, Michael Desnoyers, Amy Finegan, Molly Mahoney, Richard Mix, and Harriet March Page.

He has composed for an array of performers. Pianist Nanette Solomon performed his Gypsy Ballads at the International Lorca Conference in Spain, and Jerry Kuderna recently played his Rondo à Pollock at Old First Concerts; the North/South Consonance (NYC) recording of Millennium Overture received a GRAMMY nomination, and they recorded his FLYER (with SF cello soloist Nina Flyer), commemorating the centenary of powered flight. SF Composers Chamber Orchestra has performed a number of his pieces, including the recent Arriving at Loch Lomond, which was also presented by the Oakland Civic Orchestra.

He has written and arranged many theater scores. The Log of the Skipper’s Wife was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and the Kennedy Center, with music drawn from Irish and Scottish airs and shanties; and The Border, a musical revue, appeared at SF Cabaret Opera, which will also be presenting his new musical, Mozart! Where Are You?.

He has taught at Concordia University (Montreal), San Francisco Conservatory, Wheaton College, Pacific Conservatory, and The Crowden School.

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