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Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020

Major events are in the works to celebrate the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most valued and gifted composers in human history.

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Julian Jacobson

34th Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition & Concert with Julian Jacobson


Saturday, April 4, 2020:

Competition: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Julian Jacobson Master Class: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m
Both events are free and open to the public
Concert Hall, San Jose State University

Applications due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020
Click here to apply!


Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2:00 p.m:

Julian Jacobson, piano concert
Concert Hall, San Jose State University

Ticket information coming soon!

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Bonn

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

January 21 - April 11, 2020

Learn about the Beethoven family in Bonn and the natural world of Beethoven's childhood home.

In conjunction with the Pastorial Project (April 22) and the Nature Hike (May 9)

Location: The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, 5th Floor, Rm. 580, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112

Beethoven and other performers 

Beethoven’s Chamber Music International Symposium

April 30–May 2, 2020

Featuring the Takács Quartet

Running in conjunction with an exhibition on Beethoven’s Chamber Music at the Beethoven Center, this symposium will bring together leading international scholars and performers for a multi-dimensional exploration of Beethoven’s chamber music. The symposium will consist of a series of talks, lecture-recitals, and performances on both modern and historical instruments, including the Center’s historical keyboard collection.

Schedule and registration information coming soon!

Location: The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, 5th Floor, Rm. 580, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112

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