THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEETHOVEN
Written by Michael Boudewyns & Sara Valentine
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Production design & direction by Sara Valentine
Professor Nigel Taproot, the affable and learned classical music aficionado, invites you to an original Really Inventive Stuff program for families celebrating Beethoven, his remarkable age, and four famous notes. Featuring the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a playful sprinkling of fascinating facts and timely trivia, this vaudeville-inspired performance is an inventive introduction to Beethoven's musical genius.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Michael Boudewyns as Professor Nigel Taproot
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
The Life and Times of Beethoven was commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. It premiered on September 29, 2013 with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Steven Jarvi at Powell Hall in St. Louis, MO.
Music & score advisor: Steven Jarvi
Special thanks to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Steven Jarvi, Dacy Gillespie, Berakiah Boone, Bret Dorhout, the SLSO librarians, the SLSO/Powell Hall backstage crew, the SLSO musicians, Jewel and Marj Walker, John Starmer, the PTTP scene shop, Sara Valentine, James Allen Anderson.