Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse

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Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse


A Joint Exhibit of the Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, and the Beethoven Center, San José

THE CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM AND THE IRA F. BRILLIANT CENTER FOR BEETHOVEN STUDIES cordially invite all music lovers to a joint exhibit that focuses on Charles Schulz's Beethoven cartoons, which have introduced millions of children and adults over the past fifty years to the power of the composers music and his biography. The exhibit will open at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, on Saturday, August 16, and run through January 26, 2009. The exhibit will open in San José in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on May 1, 2009, and run through July 31.

The goal of the exhibit, which is a first of its kind, is to provide the public with the opportunity of deepening their appreciation of the genius of Schulzs strips and Beethoven's music by allowing them to listen to the music that appears in the strips via audiowands. Excerpts from the complete recordings of Beethoven's sonatas by internationally praised pianist Craig Sheppard, Professor of Piano at the University of Washington in Seattle, will be featured on the audiowands. The exhibit, which is curated by Jane O'Cain, Schulz Museum, and William Meredith, Beethoven Center, will explain why Schulz chose the works he featured and how the strips provide insights not only into the lives of Schroeder and his friends but also Beethoven's biography. …

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