Meet Ludwig Van Beethoven
Brilliant pianist Dennis Kobray becomes Ludwig Van Beethoven in this one hour long dramatic presentation on his life, times and music. Beethoven's music was both a reflection of the turmoil within his soul and the times in which he lived. Forced throughout childhood to practice and perform by a father who sought to exploit his son's great musical talents, the young boy became fiercely independent and rebellious. Inspired by the democratic ideals of the French Revolution, he changed the role of the musician as servant, and ushered in the age of the musician as artist. For Beethoven, music was a means of self-expression, not aristocratic entertainment. The power and passion of his symphonies provide a window into Beethoven's struggle with hearing loss. The life of this deaf genius is a brilliant example of overcoming advertsity and believing in oneself. Beethoven's music and story continue to move and excite audiences the world over.