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Beethoven @ 250

December 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Mark Evan Bonds

In collaboration with the UNC Department of Music

The year 2020 marked the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Perhaps more than any other composer, we hear Beethoven in his music, which continues to both delight and challenge us. But how and why? What is it that makes his music so distinctive? With the assistance of cellist Brent Wissick and pianist Andrew Willis, Mark Evan Bonds explores the ways in which Beethoven created some of his most celebrated works and how we, as listeners today, might best approach them.


Beethoven: Variations on a Life

How Does a Symphony Mean? The Challenge of Instrumental Music

Composing from Scratch: The Cello Sonata in D Major, op. 102, no. 2 (live performance and lecture-demonstration)

The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography


Mark Evan Bonds is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Music. His most recent books are Beethoven: Variations on a Life and The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography, both published by Oxford University Press.



9:30 am-4:30 pm, Saturday, December 4.  This program is in-person only, and the tuition is $125 to attend. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.  For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Tuition for teachers is $62.50. Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 

**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks will be required for all in-person events regardless of vaccination status. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**


December 4, 2021
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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