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.

Spring 2019

Feb 8, 2019. 12:10 p.m. NoonArts & Lectures presents concert pianist NATALYA LUNDTVEDT discussing and performing selections from Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.2. Center for Beethoven Studies, 5th Floor, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., downtown San Jose. admission free


Paul Lewis in concert and the Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

April 6, 2019:Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition with Paul Lewis, master teacher. Competition finals: 9:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.; Master class with Paul Lewis: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. FREE. Sponsored in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of San Jose and Silicon Valley Creates. Concert Hall, SJSU

April 7, 2019. 2:00 p.m.: Paul Lewis, piano. Sponsored in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of San Jose and Silicon Valley Creates. Concert Hall, SJSU. Program: Haydn, Sonata in E Minor, H. XVI:34; Brahms, Three Intermezzi, op. 117; Beethoven, Diabelli Variations, op. 120. $80 (includes reserved seats, parking code, and post-concert private reception with artist); $40 general; $20 SJSU faculty/staff; FREE to all students
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Exhibition and Lecture Series
The Art of Biography: Beethoven and Steinbeck

April 13 – July 31, 2019: Signature Exhibit: “The Art of Biography: Beethoven & Steinbeck” featuring special materials from the Steinbeck Center and Beethoven Center, including the recently acquired collection of Beethoven biographer Alexander Wheelock Thayer.

April 13, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Opening event: lecture series & reception

"Dwight's “diarist,” Alexander Wheelock Thayer: Searching for Beethoven in Paris and London." Dr. Grant William Cook, University of Mount Union

 "Beethoven, a Boy Named Sue, and a Man Named Sandra: New Perceptions from the Deaf Composer's Conversation Books." Dr. Theodore Albrecht, Kent State University

FREE. King Library, Special Collections Exhibit Hall and Beethoven Center, 5th floor (see hours below). Sponsored by SVCreates and the College of Humanities & the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant.


April 27, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: Beethoven Student Series Concert. King Library, Schiro Room 550. FREE. Check website after April 20 for program and performers.


Stay tuned for more events, to be announced!