Needless to say, we Longbeards are honored indeed to celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday! As we mentioned before, not one day goes by without The Quartet of the Longbeards playing all the String Quartets of Beethoven. In New York City alone, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will spend much of 2020 celebrating not just his Operas, Symphonies and his String Quartets, there will also be a wide variety of free programs, public exhibitions and additional happenings related to this wondrous milestone honoring classical music's grumpiest composer.

We even love the idea of Bruce Adolphe, Composer-Artist-in-Residence and Director of Family Programming of the Chamber Music Society, occasionally portraying Beethoven himself from time to time. He'll be quite busy throughout the year, as might be evidenced by his current assignment in the Society's continuing Meet the Music!  series, the hour-long "Leave it to Ludwig," wherein Ben Rossen and the Escher String Quartet aid the Maestro in helping a young boy appreciate Ludwig's life and works!

And doubtless, the folks at Music Mountain, too, will be, as it were, bonkers for Beethoven, with 16 String Quartet recitals at Gordon Hall connected to Beethoven's birthday.

Well, now that you know a few things or four about Beethoven, we now share a complete Beethoven Quartet performance. Here, in one of their last recitals, is the Alban Berg Quartet (the Berg Boys, as we Longbeards once called them) --- Gunther Pichler and Gerhard Schulz, violins; Thomas Kakuska, viola; and Valentin Erben, cello ---  in the Quartet No. 14 in C# Minor, Op. 131.  

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