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Presented by North Shore Center for Performing Arts

Sunday, March 17 @ 2:00 pm
Center Theatre
$12 | $16 | $20 

The world-famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music and the torment of his deafness.

Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight SonataFür Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s music education. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age six and up.

The funereal second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sets the scene as we travel back in time from March 26, 1827, the day of Beethoven’s death, into the more intimate setting of young Christoph’s house in Vienna a few years before. Christoph’s father has just died, and Beethoven has taken the room upstairs.

As the correspondence with his uncle unfolds, Christoph recounts the horrors of the composer standing at the window wearing no clothes, water dripping down into their apartment, and Beethoven playing late into the night. Finally, after attending the famous first performance of the Ninth Symphony, Christoph has a new understanding of Beethoven’s tormented genius and leaves us with these simple words of hope and renewal as the Shepherd’s Song is played. “Mr. Beethoven wanted to change the world with his music. Maybe he will do it, bit by bit. (sung) His song seemed to tell me that soon it would be Spring.”

The original audio recording of Beethoven Lives Upstairs claims dozens of top music, educational and parenting awards. It has gone multi-platinum, been translated and distributed around the world, and made into an Emmy award-winning film. Based on this highly-acclaimed recording, the Beethoven Lives Upstairs theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven in a live performance venue.

Music Excerpts
Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. II
Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. I
Piano Sonata in E Major
Symphony No. 1, Mvmt. IV
Romance for Violin & Orchestra in G Major
Pathétique
Symphony No. 9, Mvmt. II
Sonata, Op. 14, No. 2
Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. II
Minuet in G Major
Spring Sonata
Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. II
Leonore Overture No. 3
Für Elise
Orchestral Polonaise
Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
Mozart Variations
Symphony No. 6, Mvmt. I
Symphony No. 6 (Birds)
Symphony No. 6 (Storm)
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 5
Nel Cor Più
Bass Sting
Rage Over a Lost Penny
Symphony No. 6 (Tremolo)
Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy)
Symphony No. 9 (Finale)
Piano Sonata
Shepherd’s Song



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