It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday! … we think. Nobody is really sure when the superstar composer was born – there is a record for his baptism on December 17, 1770, but not for his actual day of birth. We are SO excited to celebrate his birthday with four concerts, a specially-crafted WSO beer, and a special event series.
Before we get into that, here are some things you might not know about our main man, Ludwig Van.
Beethoven published his first composition at age 12.
His first documented piece was 9 Variations on a March by Ernst Dressler in C minor – listen here. He falsely believed he was younger than he was – many say this idea was engineered by his father to make his son’s musical talents seem even more advanced than they already were.
Beethoven was the first musician to ever be given a salary for composing.
Our pal made 4,000 florins per year on the condition that he remain in Vienna for the rest of his life, paid by the Archduke at the time.
Beethoven struggled with deafness.
Beethoven began to lose his hearing in his mid-20’s and was completely deaf by 45. Despite this obstacle, he continued to conduct and compose music including his famous Sixth Symphony.
Beethoven was known to end performances if he heard anybody talking during them.
This may not come as a shock given the emotional complexity of his music, but Beethoven was a rather angsty fellow and could be sort of a grump.
Test your Beethoven knowledge.
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Now, onto the fun stuff!
Beer + Beethoven
We are so excited to hold our first Beer + Beethoven event at Nonsuch Brewing Co. on January 15 at 7:00 pm. Capacity is VERY LIMITED so book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Online reservations will be available next week – check back then!
Join members of the WSO for a ‘spirited discussion’ about Beethoven and his Symphony No. 3, which we are playing January 17-18. Never been to a symphony before? Great! We want you to come join us to get the buzz on Beethoven, and for a free snack item and beverage courtesy of our friends at Nonsuch. There will be other surprises throughout the evening as well.
Upcoming Beer + Beethoven events:
March 4, 7 pm
April 22, 7 pm
Beethoven Trio Pass
Select 3 Beethoven passes for only $99.
- Beethoven’s Triple (Jan 17 & 18)
- Back to Back Beethoven (Mar 6: Piano Concertos 1, 2 & 3)
- Back to Back Beethoven (Mar 7: Piano Concertos 4 & 5, Choral Fantasy)
- Beethoven’s 5th & Berlioz (Apr 24 & 25)