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Happy Birthday Beethoven!
A Message from Andrew Fleischman, Beethoven Festival Chair

Although the second half of our Beethoven Festival has been delayed, I am looking at the bright side—we were able to present all three Emerson String Quartet concerts that were scheduled for spring 2020. I am also optimistic that we will be able to present the final three Emerson concerts in the fall of 2021. The day we traditionally celebrate as Beethoven’s birthday, December 16, is now upon us (his baptism was on the 17th). I hope you will use the Beethoven-related suggestions below to help you celebrate safely at home and bring more joy to your holidays. We all look forward to gathering again in Comstock Hall for live music just as soon as we can safely return.

Celebrate 250 years of Beethoven with these suggestions from our Board Members!

Two Cellists' Ode to Beethoven

Director Adrian Lauf and Board President Cecilia Huerta-Lauf share this glorious performance of "Ode to Joy," the familiar tune from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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A Look at Beethoven's Legacy

Marketing Chair Jackson Harmeyer recommends this recent article by New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini which evaluates Beethoven's legacy 250 years out.

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Classical Music and Comics

Vice President David Anderson reminds us of our favorite comic-strip pianist, Schroeder. He shares this article from earlier in the year by Nashville Classical Radio all about the prodigious Peanuts character and his devotion to Beethoven.

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A Listening Recommendation

Director Acton Ostling recommends this recent release by pianist Igor Levit of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas. Acton heard Levit play on the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall and was stunned by the beauty of his interpretations.

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For even more...

A Book Recommendation Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge has been hailed as "a major new biography offering a fresh, human portrayal." Purchase a copy at Barnes and

NPR's latest Tiny Desk Concert features the Borromeo String Quartet playing movements from Beethoven's late string quartets. Find it at

And, remember to checkout Our Exclusive Interview with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet if you haven't already viewed it. Watch on YouTube

Stay safe and happy holidays!

We look forward to more live music soon.

From Adam McCord, Director of the Macauley Competition: The Chamber Music Society of Louisville regrets to announce that because of continual challenges with safely forming chamber groups due to COVID-19, the 2021 Macauley Competition will be postponed this season. We can’t wait to return in 2022 and eagerly look forward to hearing chamber music from the best and brightest young musicians in the Kentuckiana region.

Chamber Music Society of Louisville

Margaret Comstock Concert Hall

150 W Brandeis Ave.

Louisville, KY 40208


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