Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The Santa Barbara Beethovenfest

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The Santa Barbara Beethovenfest

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THE SANTA BARBARA BEETHOVENFEST was inaugurated in December 2003 under the leadership of Dr. Allen Bishop, then President of the Santa Barbara Music Club. The mission of the Festival is to foster a deeper appreciation of the life and music of the master. In that light, the festival sponsors concerts in connection with Beethoven's birthday. In addition, lectures and exhibits of Beethoven memorabilia complement the musical offerings. Originally scheduled as part of the Music Club's Faulkner Gallery Concert Series, the concerts are now conducted at the historic Presidio Chapel in downtown Santa Barbara. The seventeenth-century chapel, candlelit and decorated for the Christmas season, provides an intimate home for Beethoven's chamber music. Concerts are now co-sponsored by the Ira Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies.

The musicians are a blend of professionals and accomplished amateurs. Beginning in 2005, the Festival began to present one of the winners of the Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition in the Gala Saturday evening concert. Dr. William Meredith has been a major contributor to the last two festivals, presenting stimulating talks for a general audience at the Santa Barbara Public Library and pre-concert talks for the two musical events. …

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