Beethoven Chronicle: Concerts, Competitions, Festivals and Institutes, 1989-91

By Meredith, William | The Beethoven Newsletter, Winter 1990 | Go to article overview

Beethoven Chronicle: Concerts, Competitions, Festivals and Institutes, 1989-91


Meredith, William, The Beethoven Newsletter


The Beethoven Society for Pianists at Southern Illinois University at Carhondale has announced its seventh season of Beethoven recitals performed by internationally acclaimed artists during the 1990-91 season.

Mary Louise Boehm, piano, and Kees Kooper, violin, performed the complete sonatas in three recitals on October 18, 20, and 21. Stephan Möller, director of the Bremen Beethoven Society (founded 1989), returned to Carbondale to present an all-Beethoven recital on November 14. Mr. Möller won first prize in the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985. Russell Sherman, chairman of the piano department of the New England Conservatory and artist-in-residence at Harvard University, presented a solo recital on November 16. The concluding concert takes place next spring with a recital on April 12 given by Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, Austrian pianist and chairwoman of the piano division at Quincy College (Quincy, Illinois).

The Society also gave $2,000 in performance awards to young pianists at the fall meeting on November 17. Prizes were given in five categories for pianists in grades 1-12. For application materials for the 1991 competition, write to the address given below.

The goals of the Beethoven Society for Pianists are two-fold: to present annual guest artists who have distinguished themselves through performing the music of Beethoven and to promote Beethoven music study programs, young pianists awards, lectures, and continued expansion of the Beethoven Library. The Society was founded in 1984 by its director, Donald Beattie. Annual membership dues are $10 for adults and $5 for students; patron levels begin at $25. For more information, write to Beethoven Society for Pianists, School of Music, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4302.

WalterSchenkman, emeritus faculty member of the University of Northern Colorado (1956-1984), presented eight programs of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, with remarks on Beethoven's contemporaries, in the 1989-90 season in Greeley, Colorado. The cycle was given in part to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American appearance of the distinguished German pianist and leading Beethoven specialist of the late nineteenth-century, Hans von Bülow.

Professor Schenkman performed most of Beethoven's piano music while teaching at the university and has contributed several articles on Beethoven's music to College Music Symposium, Music Review, and Clavier. His Beethoven cycle was presented by the City of Greeley with the University of Northern Colorado School of Music and the Fortnightly Musical Club and sponsored in part by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Winograd Foundation, Phelps-Tointon, and the Monfrot Foundation.

Each recital included three or four Beethoven sonatas, complemented by a commentary on one of the "four who influenced him" (Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Clementi, Mozart) or "four under his influence" (Hummel, Weber, Schubert, Liszt). Mr. Schenkman engagingly talked about and performed works by the eight contemporaries in the cycle, broadening the audience's perception of Beethoven's accomplishments by placing them in the context of his times and historical position. Tapes of the eight recitals are available for $10 each; for details, write Walter Schenkman, 710 E. 19th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80631.

The New World Symphony (Miami, Florida) opened its 1990-91 season with a Beethoven Festival sponsored by AT&T on October 6, 13, and 20 at the Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach. The three evening concerts of symphonies, chamber music, and songs were conducted by the symphony's resident conductor, Leif Bjaland. The October 6 concert included the "Ghost" Trio; the Wind Octet, Opus 103; and the Eroica. Robert White, tenor, sang some of the Scottish Songs on the program of October 13, which also included the String Trio, Opus 9, and the Septet, Opus 20. The festival closed on October 20 with the Wind Quintet, Opus 16; the String Quartet, "Serioso," Opus 95; and the Fourth Symphony. …

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