Historical Keyboards Mini Concerts

Clavichord to Fortepiano:
Mini Concert and Presentation by Dr. Richard Sogg Featuring the Historic Keyboard Collection

These mini-concerts take place in the Beethoven Center (King Library Room 580) on the following Tuesdays from 2:00-2:45 p.m.:

January:  8, 15 (with guests Mark Reiss and Barbara Kudirka), 22, and 29
February: 5, 12, 19, and 26
March:  5, 12, and 26
April:  2, 9, 16, and 30
May:  7, 14, 21 and 28
June:  4, 11, 18

Other dates to be announced

Dr. Sogg is also available for pre-arranged mini-concerts at other times, or one of our other docents can also give tours of the Center and its instruments. To schedule a mini-concert or tour, call 408-808-2058 or email Eric.Gjovaag@sjsu.edu.


Richard SoggDr. Richard Sogg uses the Beethoven Center’s historic keyboard collection to demonstrate the fundamental difference between the three most common keyboard instruments of the Baroque and Classical periods--the clavichord, the harpsichord, and the fortepiano--in comparison with the modern piano.

Dr. Sogg is a retired Stanford Medical School professor of neuro-ophthalmology. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Beryl Rubinstein. He was the accompanist for the Harvard Glee Club during his student years there and has worked locally with John Delevoryas and Adolph Baller. Most recently he has studied with Menahem Pressler, founder of the Beaux Arts Trio.