In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Westport Library’s inaugural Lundberg Family Foundation Masters’ Series will celebrate Beethoven’s work across 4 concerts in 2020.
The inaugural event of this series will feature performances of two Beethoven symphonies to two audiences in two locations simultaneously. Celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu will play Beethoven’s 7th Symphony live from the Library’s Forum Stage, which will simultaneously play a piano on stage in New York. Then special guest pianists Corbin Beisner and Margarita Nuller will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in a RemoteLive performance from the Yamaha Studios in New York City which will simultaneously play the Library’s Diskalvier piano live.
The evening has been created in partnership with Beechwood Arts’ “Do or Die” winter season, and will include readings from Tony-winner James Naughton, and Beechwood’s Salon Around the World program, which allows audiences in both locations to see each other and have a chance to meet and greet each other.
This ground-breaking event pushes the edge of the live classical music experience through the support of Yamaha Artist Services New York. Disklavier ™ support and hosting of the New York City concert provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.
About the Series: The Westport Library’s Lundberg Family Foundation Masters' Series is an annual series in the performing arts that will showcase the work of established and contemporary masters, innovative new voices and emerging artists. The inaugural Lundberg Masters Series will celebrate the work of Beethoven, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth. It will consist of 4 concerts in 2020, each led by leading talents within the field. This inaugural season of the Lundberg Family Foundation Masters Series is being developed in collaboration with community curator Frederic Chiu.
About Beechwood’s “Do or Die” winter season: By age 32 Beethoven’s deafness was certain. Overwhelmed, he considered suicide but did not act because, in his own words “…it was my art that held me back… it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.” It was after this lowest point that Beethoven became fearless in his art “shattering the ground rules of symphonic writing for all time,” and composed the vast majority of his famed lifeworks after deafness overtook him.
Beechwood celebrates the power of the arts and the resilience of the human spirit to overcome, transform and find one’s true lifework in the process. “Do Or Die” explores this theme through multiple events across Music, Art, Storytelling and Community Conversation.