March 31, 2009
Jacqueline Cartier, NPR
ANDRÁS SCHIFF PLAYS BEETHOVEN AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL,WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 AT 11 PM (ET)
CONCERT STREAMED LIVE AT www.NPR.org/music
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1at 11 PM (ET)
WHERE: Live stream and simultaneous web chat at: www.npr.org/music
NPR Music, together with KUSC in Los Angeles, will live webcast András Schiff in concert from the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 1 at 11PM (ET), when the classical pianist will perform the final three of 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Schiff has been playing the entire sequence of Beethoven’s sonatas in chronological order at Disney Hall, over a two-season span. KUSC’s Alan Chapman will host the webcast concert, which will be streamed live and archived at: www.npr.org/music In addition to enjoying the show, audiences are invited to discuss the performance during a live chat, also available at: www.npr.org/music
In the culmination of his Beethoven performances, Schiff will take listeners to the end of the iconic composer’s career through his own interpretation of the final three sonatas, which portray a very distinct and different tone than the previous 29. When asked why he chose to chronologically perform the sonatas, Schiff says he aimed to portray Beethoven’s creative process and development over the course of his career. While the music is over 180 years old, Schiff also ascertains that they are just as relevant and vital, with secret meanings and challenges still hidden in the sonatas, yet to be discovered.
NPR Music frequently live webcasts concerts from venues across the country as part of its expanding “Live in Concert” series, including Roseanne Cash, John Adam and Neko Case from Walt Disney Concert Hall. This month, NPR Music live webcast and broadcast performances by nine artists and bands during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; all coverage is archived at: www.npr.org/sxsw
Live concert webcasts are just one feature of NPR Music, a free, multimedia music discovery Web site at www.npr.org/music The site offers content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, interviews, reviews and blogs – curated and aggregated for audiences to explore, experience and enjoy. Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. More than 250 new features are added each month; the site’s popular "Concert" section alone offers hundreds of streaming concerts in every genre.