Tuesday, October 24, 2017
5:45 - 8:00 p.m.
1335 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60605
$30 Suggested Donation
VIENNA’S NEW BEETHOVEN MUSEUM … AND HOW CHICAGO MADE IT POSSIBLE
In November 2017, Vienna is unveiling a new Beethoven Museum. Located in Heiligenstadt, an area in the city’s north abutting the Vienna Woods, it is the creation of the Vienna Museum, the city’s municipal museum directed by former Chicagoan Matti Bunzl.
The new museum encompasses over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space in one of Beethoven’s dwellings, along with a recital hall and museum shop. The institution will be the the premiere Beethoven site in Vienna, the city where he spent his entire career, having moved there as a young man to study with Haydn and Mozart. A transformative grant from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation made the new museum possible, giving Beethoven aficionados all over the world a chance to explore the composer’s life.
William Kinderman, the world’s leading Beethoven expert and a Professor of Music at the University of Illinois, was the scholarly consultant on the team creating the Beethoven Museum. On October 24, 2017 he will join Matti Bunzl to present the project in a preview exclusive to Chicago. He will discuss Beethoven’s extraordinary life with a particular focus on his time in Heiligenstadt. It was there that the composer struggled to come to terms with his impending deafness, penning the Heiligenstadt Testament, a text that started out as a suicide note and ended as a triumphant acceptance of Beethoven’s calling as a radical musical innovator.
The evening will culminate with a performance of Piano Sonata in D minor, op. 31 no. 2, the "Tempest" Sonata. Professor Kinderman will demonstrate the evolution of Beethoven's creativity through different drafts of the piece.