Thursday, September 19, 2013

Beethoven crashes Mozart in the South Festival

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Posted by Amanda Merritt on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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In a departure from the main subject of the Mozart in the South Festival, Chamber Music Charleston (who produces Mozart in the South) presents Beethoven: His Women & His Music, a play set in 1820s Charleston that focuses on the composer’s candid confessions about love. “Beethoven never came to America, but we are imagining he did,” explains director Chris Weatherhead. “His wild adventures and suffering with hearing loss are woven through some of his best music that the accompanying musicians play.” 

The play delves deep into psyche of the famous figure, using his letters and journals to create a more rounded understanding of the driving forces behind the man. Portrayed by Broadway and film star Clarence Felder, Beethoven will show the music lovers of today that it’s not all just about sonatas and symphonies. Chamber Music Charleston and Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina will be presenting Beethoven: His Women and His Music at the Sottile Theatre on September 20.

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