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Pianists tackle Beethoven piano sonatas

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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 am

Piano sonatas composed by Ludwig von Beethoven in the early, middle and late period of his life will be performed at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 27 in the sanctuary of Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road.

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church’s free series of classical music concerts, now in its seventh season, will present the inaugural installment of a multi-year project in which from Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas will be performed.

Each year during the project, the program will present an early, middle and late period sonata performed by leading pianists in the comparable stages of their careers. 

The program includes:

• Sonata No. 6, Op. 10, No. 2, performed by Aika Tateba, a University of Arizona undergraduate student in piano.

• Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a, “The Farewell,” performed by Kathryn Christensen, a recent graduate of University of Arizona with a master’s degree in piano performance. The piece is considered by many as Beethoven’s only blatantly programmatic sonata, outlining the farewell, absence and return of Beethoven’s friend and patron Archduke Rudolph, when Napoleon and his troops invaded Vienna.

• Sonata No. 32, Op. 111, Beethoven’s final piano sonata, performed by Dr. Stephen Carlson, associate professor of piano at Bemidji State University, Minn.

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church’s annual series is paid for by the congregation as a gift to the community.

As with all of Dove’s concerts, admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken in support of the Tucson Indian Center.

The center provides culturally appropriate social, economic, education, housing, wellness, and advocacy services, and raises awareness and recognizes the unique needs and contributions of American Indians, building support to address these needs and contributions.

For more information, visit or call 887-5127.

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