Bowers Museum Collaborates with Philharmonic Society and Beethoven Center, SJSU

Santa Ana, Calif. — In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and its 21st and final season under Dean Corey’s leadership, the Philharmonic Society will present a multi-season celebration of the major late works of Ludwig van Beethoven, including a celebratory exhibition at the Bowers Museum. Beethoven: The Late Great will be on display at the Bowers Museum from February 8, 2014, through May 18, 2014. This exhibition of rare Beethoven artifacts has been curated by Dr. William Meredith, Director of the Beethoven Center, San José State University, including a personal letter and drafts of personal scores in Beethoven’s own handwriting from the Library of Congress never exhibited on the West Coast.

Beethoven: The Late Great exhibition features five handwritten manuscripts from the Library of Congress and the Beethoven Center, the life mask of 1812, two locks of the composer’s hair from 1827, and his household account leaf, probably from the summer of 1823, illustrating aspects of Beethoven’s daily life as recorded by his housekeeper. Props from the film Copying Beethoven will be on display, paired with film screenings, as well as Beethoven documentaries to take place in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium. Beethoven’s late works, which the Society has presented in concert over the past three seasons, will be represented by scores and first editions. Special highlights will be original manuscript scores of the String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, and the Hammerklavier Sonata.

The Bowers Museum is honored to present numerous public programs in conjunction with the Beethoven exhibition, including a Distinguished Opening Lecture on Saturday, February 8, with Dr. William Meredith, Curator of the Beethoven: The Late Great exhibition. Visitors will embark on an exploration of one of the greatest composers of all time and learn little-known facts about Beethoven: the man and the composer. Film screenings, gallery talks and lectures provide a unique opportunity to learn more about Beethoven. On Friday, March 28, Bowers will host a lecture and book signing with Dean Corey, President & Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, as he discusses his new book Beethoven: The Late Great – Thirty-Three Personal Variations. Hear Mr. Corey talk about his lifelong fascination with Beethoven, his career in classical music, and the inspiration behind the Society’s multi-season Beethoven: The Late Great project.

Link: www.bowers.orgAbove image credit: The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University

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