The Cleveland Orchestra Imagines What It Would Be Like if Beethoven Lived Upstairs

Sun 2/11 @ 3PM

Canada’s Classical Kids edu-tainment project started decades ago with audio recordings, aimed at young listeners, that tunefully dramatized the lives of famous composers. While Bach was subject of the first one, the most popular is Beethoven Lives Upstairs. Made into an acclaimed TV film, it’s also a live concert performance, here done with the mighty Cleveland Orchestra.

The narrative-with-music is based on fact and surviving letters, detailing the relationship between an aging, deaf Ludwig Van  Beethoven and his nephew Christophe. While the composer boards with the family of the 10-year-old, Christophe gradually comprehends the brilliance and the torment of his uncle, writing symphonic masterpieces he can never hear.

American Greetings helps present “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” and it’s great stuff for young and old. Even better than that Power Rangers episode that turned into a spoof of Amadeus.

Tickets range from $15 to $35.

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[Written by Charles Cassady]

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