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Beethoven Festival Runs Through Oct. 8 at Western

September 26, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - Beethoven is coming to Macomb this week, right to the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall. Devotees of the composer can immerse themselves in various selections of events and repertoire: seven concerts, three masterclasses and one composer at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 26-27.

The two consecutive evening concerts will feature Beethoven's complete works written for cello and piano. The Arizona State University cello Professor Thomas Landschoot and the WIU collaborative pianist, who is also the artistic coordinator of the festival, Liang-yu Wang, will perform all five cello sonatas and three variations by Beethoven.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, the WIU Symphony Orchestra, under Associate Professor of Music Richard Hughey, will be joined by the School of Music Director and pianist Tammie Walker; the violinist, Associate Professor of Music Julieta Mihai; and the cellist and Music Professor Moisés Molina for Beethoven‘s Triple Concerto, Op. 56. Following the Triple Concerto, the orchestra, along with WIU University Singers, will present Beethoven's Choral Fantasia, Op. 80, featuring WIU piano Professor Jeff Brown as soloist.

There will be a pre-concert talk, staring at 7 p.m., led by world-renowned Beethoven scholar and UIUC musicology Professor William Kiderman. The refine pianist will give a lecture recital on two Beethoven piano sonatas at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

The three-concert finale of the Beethoven Festival, happening Friday-Sunday, October 6-8, puts the spotlight on Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano. The performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 8 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 7. All 10 sonatas will be performed in chronological order by the University of Iowa violin Professor Katie Wolfe, and Wang.

The Beethoven Festival sponsored by the WIU Performing Arts Society. All events are open free to the public. All events will also be livestreamed online at

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