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Beethoven

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego

Cost: $25 - $114

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hershey Felder has made a career of portraying some of the greatest composers in history. His latest is a reworking of a 2008 show about Beethoven, told from the perspective of a friend and admirer. We don't get a straight biography, but rather fragments and stories about the composer's unhappy childhood, family squabbles, and his descent into cantankerousness and isolation. Felder also illuminates some of the composer's most famous works, including "Moonlight Sonata" (given the "Moonlight" moniker by a poetic sycophant), and Symphony #5 (its violent hammering -- da-da-da-dum! -- inspired by woodpeckers). Seated at a grand piano amid a graveyard scene featuring Beethoven's tombstone, Felder serves not only as a masterful storyteller but also an adept pianist, bringing immense delicacy and emotion to works like "Sonata Pathetique," "Fur Elise," "Ode to Joy," and others.   Critic's Pick.                                                   

Recurring dates & times

  • Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Sunday 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 2 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.

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