The San Diego Symphony Hall

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On the weekend of Friday, October 17, 2014, to Sunday, October 19, 2014, the San Diego Symphony presented Van Cliburn Gold, a Jacobs Masterworks Concert of the 2014-15 Season. The performance was held at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall and featured works from Ludwig Van Beethoven, Serge Prokofiev, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The conductor for the performance was Jahja Ling, and Vadym Kholodenko performed on the piano (Bromberger, 2014, p. 13). Born approximately on December 16, 1770, in Bonn, located in the Electorate of Cologne, a principality of the Holy Roman Empire, Ludwig Van Beethoven was a composer and pianist, and is arguably the greatest composer of all time. Uncertain of his exact birthdate, based on his recorded baptism on December 17, 1770, and due to law and custom of baptizing babies within 24 hours of birth, Beethoven was assumed to have been born on the 16th. Born to mother Maria Magdalena van Beethoven, a slender, genteel, and deeply moralistic woman, and to father Johann van Beethoven, a mediocre court singer but better known for being an alcoholic, Ludwig’s pride and desire for music stemmed from his grandfather, godfather, and namesake, Kappellmeister Ludwig Beethoven, a prominent and eminent musician. Johann, Ludwig’s father, introduced the boy to music with rigor and brutality that would affect him for the rest of his life and that can be seen predominantly in his compositions. Music lessons included daily floggings, being locked in…

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