As part of Talks on the Rock, Vashon Center for the Arts will present two lecture-concerts with host and lecturer Michael Tracy accompanied by Seattle-area musicians in an in-depth, multi-media review of renowned composers discussing their lives, cultural milieu, and social environment. This intimate look into their lives and works provides a deeply personal experience with the music.
Beethoven Years 1770 to 1802
Beethoven’s formative years were spent in Bonn, Germany, until 1791 when he left for Vienna, Austria, then the leading musical and cultural capital of the world. Soon this young virtuoso pianist, who was clearly the heir to Haydn and Mozart, dazzled the salons of aristocrats. His first six symphonies, the first 7 quartets, and the first 15 piano sonatas mark a few of the major compositional works that are still performed on concert stages throughout the world. However, by age 28 Beethoven experienced ringing in his ears, losing the ability to hear high pitches, and faced the greatest horror for any musician: complete hearing loss. Lecture II, covering the years 1802-1827, will be held next season on November 29.
Sunday, June 14, 4:00 pm
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door | $5 for youth
All Seating is unreserved general admission.
The 2020 Music History Talks with Michael Tracy are part of a wonderful new series called Talks on the Rock
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