VIENNA’S NEW BEETHOVEN MUSEUM … AND HOW CHICAGO MADE IT POSSIBLE
On a cold and blustery Tuesday evening, donors, musicians, academics, and students braved the rain to attend the American Friends of the Vienna Museum's kick-off celebration. PianoForte's magnificent performance space provided the perfect venue for guests to enjoy Austrian wine, Viennese appetizers, and sparkling conversation.
Wein Museum Director Matti Bunzl acknowledged the Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation's role in making the renovation and expansion of the Beethoven Museum a reality. He paid tribute to LPMC Foundation founder Whe Do Kim, her students, and their families. Matti invited all present to visit the Beethoven Museum-- the world's largest-- after it opens in November 2017.
Bill Kinderman, Professor of Musicology, Faculty Affiliate in Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and one of three experts consulted during the renovation, discussed the importance of this particular site to Beethoven's evolution as an artist. To illustrate this, Professor Kinderman performed themes and motifs from various drafts of the Tempest Sonata.