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Coming soon: Paul Lewis, piano
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April 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Pre-concert by Dr. Erica Buurman,
Director of the Beethoven Center, at 1:15 p.m.
Concert Hall, San Jose State University
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NoonArts&Lectures Flyer

Choir Flyer


NoonArts & Lectures presents San Jose Symphonic Choir Music Director Leroy Kromm 

Friday, March 22, 2019 12:10 p.m.

Leroy Kromm will give a pre-concert talk in regards to the musical subject of Mass. He will demo Mass in C major, Op. 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Mass no. 3 in D major by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Location: Center for Beethoven Studies. Flyer here

San Jose Symphonic Choir

Saturday, March 23, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Experience the full music production of both Hummel and Beethoven's Mass by the San Jose Symphonic Choir and Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 pm. Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, 80 South Market., downtown San Jose. Info and tickets at https://sanjosesymphonicchoir.org/ 

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Erica Buurman

New Beethoven Center Director announced

It is with much excitement and great pleasure that the School of Music and Dance and the College of Humanities and the Arts introduce the new Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University:  Dr. Erica Buurman. Dr. Buurman comes to us from England, where she was Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.She received a Diploma in Violin from the Royal Northern College of Music; and a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and PhD in Musicology from the University of Manchester. She has published articles on Beethoven’s sketches in his multi-movement works; a second area of research examines music for social dancing in early 19th century, particularly in Vienna and London.



Eighth International New Beethoven Research Conference 

Call for Papers - Deadline 30 April 2019

The Eighth International New Beethoven Research (NBR) conference will take place Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday morning, October 31 in Boston prior to the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Please click here for more information.

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Events Calendar for 2018/2019

Major events are also in the works to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020.

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Beethoven walking

Current exhibit:

"A Short Biography of Beethoven" & "Beethoven & the Brits" (a mini-exhibit to welcome Dr. Erica Buurman)

Jan. 7 - March 30, 2019

Exploring Beethoven's life and works using rare materials from the Beethoven Center's collection

Alexander Wheelock Thayer - Biographer of Beethoven 

Upcoming exhibit:

"The Art of Biography: Beethoven and Steinbeck"

April 13 - July 31, 2019

This exhibit will be a joint venture between the the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies in exploring the history of biography of their famous namesakes.

Dr. Grant William Cook III
Dr. Theodore Albrecht

Grand Opening Presentation

"The Art of Biography : Beethoven and Steinbeck"

April 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

With special guest speakers Dr. Grant William Cook III and Dr. Theodore Albrecht. Dr. Cook will discuss fascinating details about Alexander Wheelock Thayer, the famed American biographer of Beethoven who in the 1860s interviewed Beethoven's still-living contemporaries. Dr. Albrecht will delve into Beethoven's Conversation Books and discuss how a new, more human Beethoven emerges from these pages. 

Reception to follow.

Beethoven composing

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7th Symphony score

7th Symphony first edition inscribed by Beethoven to Antonie Brentano (the "Immortal Beloved?")

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