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2015/2016 Calendar of Events

Please join us on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-2:45 for "Clavichord to Fortepiano", a Mini Concert and Presentation featuring the Center's Historic Keyboard Collection by docent Dr. Richard Sogg. Current Schedule


August 22-December 23, 2015. “Beethoven at Home,” an exhibit of engravings and woodblock prints of Beethoven’s houses and flats in and around Vienna. FREE. Beethoven Center, King Library Room 580.

September 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Sparkling Musicale featuring two recent winners of the Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition sponsored by the American Beethoven Society at the Atherton home of Ila Loeb. More details.

November 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  First Wednesdays series. Cellist Susan Lamb Cook, UC-Davis, and pianist Miles Graber perform Beethoven sonatas and variations. FREE. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Schiro Room 550.

November 9, 2015, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Christina Kobb, visiting fortepianist and educator at Oslo's Barratt Due Institute of Music, lecture/demonstration on historical keyboard performance practices. FREE. Beethoven Center, King Library 580. More details

December 19, 2015, 1-5 p.m. Beethoven Birthday Party and open house at the Beethoven Center. 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Recital by Amelia Archer, flute, David Sogg, bassoon, and Richard Sogg, piano. FREE. King Library Room 580 (Beethoven Center)

January 19-April 30, 2016. “Beethoven’s Legacy,” an exhibit devoted to Beethoven’s influence on Czerny, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and other pianist-composers, in honor of Gwendolyn Mok’s new recording on the historical keyboard instruments at SJSU. FREE. King Library Room 580 (Beethoven Center)

February 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Gwendolyn Mok, fortepiano/piano, performs works of Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt, and Mendelssohn to launch her new CD recording on the historical keyboards at the Beethoven Center and School of Music at SJSU. FREE. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Schiro Room 550.

April 16, 2016. Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition and Masterclass with Jonathan Biss Concert Hall, San Jose State University. Competition: 9:30-12:30 (FREE). Masterclass: 2:30-4:30 ($15/general; $10/students with ID and seniors 65+).

April 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Concert with Jonathan Biss, pianist. Le Petit Trianon Theatre. Tickets: $100 (includes reception with artist), $75, $55, $35, $20 (students with current ID and seniors 65+). Tickets go on sale beginning December 1, 2015.

May 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.  First Wednesdays series. “Beethoven in Love,” a recital of Beethoven’s vocal music by Professors Joseph Frank and Layna Chianakis and their students at San José State University. FREE. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Schiro Room 550

May 16-September 30, 2016.Beethoven in Love. An exhibit from the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. King Library 5th floor (special collections exhibit hall and Beethoven Center). Free. Hours.

Stay tuned for more events, to be announced!

Opera San José Previews in the Schiro Room 550, King Library

 September 1, 2015, noon-1:00 p.m.Tosca. FREE.

November 3, 2015, noon-1:00 p.m.The Marriage of Figaro. FREE.

February 2, 2016, noon-1:00 p.m.Carmen. FREE.

April 5, 2016, noon-1:00 p.m.A Streetcar Names Desire. FREE.

NoonArts & Lectures, Schiro Room 550, King Library

October 2, 2015, 12:10-12:50 p.m. "Prelude to a Big Finish." Concert by Dr. Richard Sogg including works by J.S. Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Gershwin. FREE. King Library 5th floor, Schiro Room 550.

November 6, 2015, 12:10-12:50 p.m. FREE.

December 4, 2015, 12:10-12:50 p.m.  CANCELLED.