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‘Beethoven on the Bluff’ is Back With ‘Season Two: The Late Years’

The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University will once again bring the piano chamber music of renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven to the Pittsburgh community when it kicks off the second season of its fan-favorite series Beethoven on the Bluff.

For Season Two: The Late Years, the series' artistic director David Allen Wehr chose to focus on works from the last decade of Beethoven's life. "Although totally deaf, the composer created a body of work that is without equal in its emotional depth and intellectual audacity," said Wehr, who is the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at the music school. "While posing steep and severe challenges to the performers, Beethoven's late works continue to appeal and astonish listeners with a complex mixture of mysticism, humor, spirituality and earthiness."

Performers in this season of Beethoven on the Bluff series include Duquesne music faculty, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and internationally celebrated guest artists such as pianist Benjamin Binder, PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and members of the Duquesne Piano Trio, among others.

Season Two: The Late Years begins with Concert V: Ode to Joy at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on Sunday, Sept. 7. The program will feature Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano, op. 98; Quintet for Piano and Winds, op. 16; and Symphony no. 9, op. 125. Concert performers include Wehr with numerous School of Music faculty and guest pianist Cynthia Raim.

Additional performances of Season Two: The Late Years include:

  • Concert VI: Archduke Trio/Diabelli Variations on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Concert VII: Violin/Cello III on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m.
  • Concert VIII: Violin/Cello on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

All Beethoven on the Bluff concerts will be held in the PNC Recital Hall with a suggested $10 donation for admission. For more information, call the School of Music at 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/beethoven.

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