The Thirty Two Piano Sonatas
A Nine Concert Series from
February 28, 2015-May 28, 2016
8 pm Christ Church
3602 8th Street SW Calgary
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“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” ~ Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven brings to mind the monumental. A man who conquered life and all its obstacles to create some of the greatest music ever written. A man who has come to symbolize hope and strength for all humankind.
I am a believer in giving gifts, and I am convinced that Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas are a gift many of us have never had the experience of sharing, hearing live, or performing. Performances of the complete Beethoven sonatas are very rare – few pianists have the time or the inclination to tackle such a monumental journey. Ten years ago Charles performed the cycle in Calgary for the first time. Ten years between Beethoven piano sonata cycles is too long, and I found myself with a wish list. That wish list included hearing the Beethoven piano sonatas in concert once again.
This cycle also serves to fulfill another purpose. It is a chance for both of us, Charles and myself, as Artistic Directors of Mountain View, to give back to our audience. All the funds raised from these nine concerts will go directly towards the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society and help continue to fund our mandate – to showcase talented young musicians in concerts, master classes and recitals. I hope you enjoy these upcoming months of Beethoven – in his own words, “Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”
~ Kathleen van Mourik