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Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), painted by Kloeber circa 1805.
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German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), painted by Kloeber circa 1805.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and JPR’s Classics and News Service is celebrating! Starting in April, the hosts at JPR will be showcasing the many masterpieces of Beethoven.

Every week through December, Valerie Ing, host of Siskiyou Music Hall, will feature one of the nine symphonies of Beethoven. You will hear multiple interpretations of each symphony throughout the month, with many different conductor’s vision on the monumental works.

Every Wednesday morning at 11, Don Matthews, host of First Concert, will bring to you all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Hear how Beethoven's genius evolves from a classical composer in the mold of Haydn and Mozart to the first great composer of the Romantic era.

And every Sunday afternoon on Siskiyou Music Hall, host Cody Growe will be playing the great "other" pieces of Beethoven. You will hear many great works, like the string quartets, the ‘Spring’ sonata, the ‘Archduke’ trio, or even the ‘Emperor’ concerto.

Our Beethoven celebration culminates in December when we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th Birthday on December 16th.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.