The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, and there are celebrations worldwide. This colossus of music took the aural world that he was born into, mastered it, and then shouted, "OK, everyone, follow me!" and led the way to a new era.
In this single session presentation about the Maestro, we'll talk about and listen to some of his great work. But we'll also explore the person behind the genius: his upbringing, his love/hate of the metronome, what event caused him to give greater depth (pardon the pun) to his bass lines, how deep his frustration with his deafness really was, and his influence on the musical world around him.
Barry Wiesenfeld is an internationally-respected musician who has toured on three continents, performed and recorded with Grammy- and RMI-winning artists, and has appeared on radio and TV. In addition to performing and lecturing, Barry teaches for Ramapo College and SUNY.