Distinguished Artists Concert Series Proudly Presents

Beethoven’s 250th

An online festival celebration of the great composer’s birthday year, 2020
Four performances from Sunday, 12/6 – Wednesday 12/9
All events begin online at 7:00pm PST
Q&A with the artists after every performance
Post-festival finale – Toast the artists with champagne

Program I Sunday, December 6

Featuring introductory remarks by:
Dr. Erica Buurman, director, IRA F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
Alon Goldstein, Piano

Sonata no. 13 in E flat major, op 27 no 1 “quasi una fantasia”
Sonata no. 14 in C sharp minor, op 27 no 2  (moonlight)
Sonata no. 26 in E flat major op 81 a “Les Adieux”

Program II Monday, December 7

Tanya Tomkins, Cello and Audrey Vardanega, Piano
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op 69
(performed on gut strings and the ‘Poletti’ fortepiano)
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1
(performed on gut strings and an original Viennese fortepiano from 1841)


Program III Tuesday, December 8

Jonathan Biss, Piano
Sonata no. 8 in c minor op 13 – Pathetique”
Sonata no. 27 in e minor op 90
Sonata no. 32 in c minor op 111

Program IV Wednesday, December 9

Garrick Ohlsson, Piano
Sonata no. 24 in F sharp major, op 78 “A Therese”
Sonata no. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”

Beethoven’s 250th has been generously Sponsored by Danny Alvarez of David Lyng Real Estate, Staff of Life Natural Foods, and Dr. Michael Tierra for the Distinguished Artists Concert Series.
Distinguished Artists Concert Series (DACS) is a non-profit affiliate of the Aptos Community Foundation in Aptos, California
Outstanding music literature performed at the highest level of artistry and expertise. 
Six formal concerts at Peace United Church and
occasional free informal performances at other locations in Santa Cruz County

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Occasional pre-concert interactive talks with artists on What to Listen for in Music one hour prior to selected performances, and additional presentations by Dr. Orlando and other musicians and historians.

Programs subject to change