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July 24, 7:30 (CST): Beethoven at 250 Years and 9000 miles

Beethoven: Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 12

Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in A Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 23

Some composers greatly benefit from the increased spotlight and celebration of a major anniversary milestone. Not so with Beethoven. A composer whose works echo through the concert halls and practice rooms of the world on a daily basis, his music never lacks performances. Beethoven and his music have become synonymous with transcending music or epitomizing the ideals of art by struggling and reaching out for something more than itself. A perfect example is the viral videos of 2020 comes from the Rotterdam Philharmonic performing a socially distanced “Ode to Joy”  from his Ninth Symphony. The simple melody handed off between instruments was a perfect symbol to show togetherness during a frightening period of world isolation.

This concert presents two violin sonatas from early in Beethoven’s career coming to you from a violin/piano duo based in Kuala Lumpur. Timothy Peters is a native Iowan and performed with CVCM in 2011. Growing up in Iowa City, Mr. Peters attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Shepherd School of Music and is now Principal Second Violin of the Malaysia Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur. Streaming from his studio across the Pacific, Mr. Peters is joined by his frequent collaborator Malaysian pianist Loo Bang Hean. Hear this concert here: A440.live/artists/iowa

Timothy Peters, violin

Loo Bang Hean, piano