Current Events

Beethoven Figurine


Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-2:45. “Clavichord to Fortepiano,” a mini-concert and presentation featuring the Center’s historical keyboard collection by docent Dr. Richard Sogg. See website for schedule of dates during the year.

Fall 2019


Beethoven 250th Cello-bration

November 16, 2019 from 11 am - 6:00 pm Beethoven Center, 5th floor of MLK Library

A symposium on the complete Beethoven Sonatas for fortepiano and violoncello. Click here to view flyer and schedule.

Free and open to the public!

Beethoven's Birthday Bash

December 14, 2019 from 1 pm - 5 pm Beethoven Center, 5th floor of MLK Library

Every December 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!

FREE but reservations are required as seating is limited. Email to RSVP no later than noon on December 11. Click here to learn more.

Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Recital by Natalya Lundtvedt: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Current Exhibition

August 23 - December 21, 2019 Currently on display at the Beethoven Center 

Beethoven's Hair: The Schindler-Moscheles Lock and Beethoven Portrait by Felix Moscheles and the Hummel Lock of Beethoven's Hair and Beethoven's Quill Pen.

See the hair and read the stories behind these two different special mementos of Beethoven. Click here to learn more!

Spring 2020

Exhibition - The Beethovens on the Rhine: Exploring Beethoven's Love of Nature

January 21, 2020 - April 11, 2020 Beethoven Center

Learn about the Beethoven family in Bonn and the natural world of Beethoven's childhood home. In conjunction with the Pastoral Project (April 22) and the Nature Hike (May 9).

Beethoven Day with the Cambrian Symphony

March 28, 2020 King Library

Come hear Beethoven's 5th Symphony on the first floor of the library! More information coming soon!

Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition and Concert

April 4 - April 5, 2020 SJSU Concert Hall

Watch the chair of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Julian Jacobson, teach a master class with the winners of the 34th annual competition and hear him in recital. Click here to learn more!

Exhibition - Beethoven's Chamber Music

April 20, 2020 - June 27, 2020 Beethoven Center

Explore the social history of chamber music-making in the nineteenth century and the central role of Beethoven's music. In conjunction with Chamber Music Conference (April 30 - May 2)

Pastoral Project

April 22, 2020 SJSU Concert Hall

Join in the worldwide celebration of Earth Day with a performance of the Pastoral Symphony by the SJSU Symphony Orchestra. More information coming soon!

Conference: New Perspectives on Beethoven's Chamber Music

April 30, 2020 - May 2, 2020 Beethoven Center

Attend this meeting of leading Beethoven scholars and hear performances for a deep exploration of Beethoven's chamber music. More information coming soon!

Takacs Quartet

May 1, 2020 SJSU Concert Hall

Hear one of the premiere string quartets in a program of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Ticket information coming soon!

Nature Hike

May 9  Alum Rock Park

Share in Beethoven's love of nature and better understand his creative process in this guided hike at one of the Bay Area's wonderful parks. Reservation required. More information coming soon!

Exhibition - Beethoven at the Ball: Social Dancing in the Early Nineteenth Century

July 13, 2020 - October 3, 2020 Beethoven Center

Learn about the music, customs, costumes, and choreography of the formal (and less formal) balls during Beethoven's time. In conjunction with Beethoven at the Ball: Workshop and Social Dance Event (September 12)

American Beethoven Society Convention

September 10, 2020 - September 12, 2020 Beethoven Center

Meet other American Beethoven Society members in a 2 1/2 day convention filled with presentations, concerts, Center tours, and social events. Click here for more information!

Exhibition - Beethoven Anniversaries: Past, Present, Future

October 19, 2020 - December 23, 2020

Look back at past anniversaries to explores Beethoven's impact on history since 1870.


Stay tuned for more events and updates, to be announced!