Broadwood Grand: Beethoven and Friends Have Coffee

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Date(s) - 9 Apr 2017 until 9 Apr 2017
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The Kelowna Forum


Early Music Studio presents:


Broadwood Grand: Beethoven and Friends Have Coffee


Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 pm

Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel (at Cawston), in Kelowna

(we regret that for the present, The Forum in not wheelchair accessible)


We’re used to thinking of classical music as serious stuff, but that’s actually not an accurate picture.  Back in the early 19th Century Vienna of Beethoven and Schubert, plenty of music took place in cafés and people’s houses.  Early Music Studio’s next concert at the Kelowna Forum focuses on the lighter works written by serious composers with this atmosphere and audience in mind.


If any composer has a reputation for being irascible, it is Beethoven. But when he was young, he was a sociable prodigy who had many friends and they frequently met at the café.  The concert treats listeners to a menu of his rarely-heard pieces for mandolin and piano played on an instrument from Naples made in 1850, donated to the Studio in nearly wrecked condition, but restored to plinky life by luthier and fretted wizard Clive Titmuss.


Early keyboard specialist Susan Adams plays a restored original 1809 Broadwood, almost identical to one that Beethoven owned.  Around 1812, some of Beethoven’s students resident in London purchased a fine English-action grand from John Broadwood, and shipped it to the composer as a gift. Broadwood in turn hoped for an endorsement from Beethoven, then the most famous artist of any kind in Europe. Beethoven cherished the powerful and expressive instrument until his death.


This performance takes place in the new Kelowna Forum, a renovated church on the edge of the urban core.  The design of the building is perfect for intimate and informal music-making and the entry has been configured especially to allow the audience to take refreshment before and during the show.  This concert supplies all the ingredients to enjoy the music to while sipping coffee on a sunny Sunday in downtown Kelowna.



Tickets: $20 (Student, Senior) and $22 (Individual) at Kelowna Tickets Orchard Park, Annegret’s Chocolates Towne Centre Mall, Tourism Kelowna, Brown Paper Tickets:


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