My Favorite Beethoven

December 17, 2020, marks the 250th year of Beethoven’s baptism — that is to say, there is no actual record of the date of his birth. Musicians and historians love to celebrate birth, baptism, and death years of composers, and pianist David Kaplan, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist Colin Carr have put together a program honoring this giant-among-mortals. Kaplan is a brilliant, innovative musician who focuses on connecting the music of the past with the present and has gained notoriety for his creative programming. In addition to a degree from Yale, a Fulbright Fellowship, and numerous concert and recital appearances, he enjoys cartooning, cooking, and obsessing over classic cars. Lark has a reputation as a budding superstar in the classical world, as evidenced by her degree from the New England Conservatory and her Avery Fisher Career Grant, but she is also a highly acclaimed bluegrass fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky (yes, she does play bluegrass on her Stradivarius). Carr is a phenomenal cellist who has made a name for himself as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. He took up the cello at age five and never looked back, even foregoing college to focus on his passion. An avid Liverpool football fan, Carr has never missed a game, and he keeps healthy by running six miles a day and sticking to a vegetarian diet. My Favorite Beethoven will include Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No.1; Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69; and Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke.”