This season, Cal Performances celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Join us for concerts including Jonathan Biss, piano; the Danish String Quartet; Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and more!

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Beethoven 250: The Concerts

As part of Cal Performances 2019-20 season, we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The concerts included:

Jonathan Biss, piano
The Complete Piano Sonatas

All performances in Hertz Hall

September 21 at 8pm
Sonatas Nos. 1, 9, 13 (Quasi una fantasia), 12 (Funeral March), 21 (Waldstein)

September 22 at 3pm
Sonatas Nos. 4, 17 (Tempest), 5, 23 (Appassionata)

October 12 at 8pm
Sonatas Nos. 15 (Pastoral), 20, 3, 27, 28

October 13 at 3pm
Sonatas Nos. 6, 10, 18 (The Hunt), 29 (Hammerklavier)

December 15 at 3pm
Sonatas Nos. 25 (Cuckoo), 11, 14 (Moonlight), 24 (À Thérèse), 30

March 7 at 8pm
Sonatas Nos. 19, 16, 7, 2, 31

March 8 at 3pm
Sonatas Nos. 8 (Pathétique), 22, 26 (Les adieux), 32

Additional Recitals and Orchestral Concerts

Danish String Quartet
November 10 at 3pm, Hertz Hall

String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano
November 24 at 3pm, Hertz Hall

Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
December 4 at 8pm, Zellerbach Hall

12 Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen,” Op. 66

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
January 26 at 3pm, Zellerbach Hall

Overture to Egmont

Rotterdam Philharmonic
Lahav Shani, conductor and Nelson Freire, piano
March 22 at 3pm, Zellerbach Hall

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Further Reading

Beethoven’s Shadow
by Jonathan Biss

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Political Beethoven
by Prof. Nicolas Mathew, UC Berkeley Dept of Music
(speaker at pre-performance talks before Sunday matinee recitals: Sep 22, Oct 13, Dec 15, Mar 8)

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