WSHU Presents Beethoven Violin Sonatas Concert Series


FAIRFIELD, CT – WSHU Public Radio presents “The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas,” a series of four concerts exploring the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. Performances will feature award-winning violinist Andrew Smith, director of the Suzuki Music Schools, and Grammy-nominated pianist Joshua Pierce. 

Performance dates are February 12, March 19, April 16 and May 7 of 2023. All concerts take place at 4 p.m. at Suzuki Music Schools in Westport, CT. Tickets are $35 for a single concert, or $100 for the 4-concert series. All tickets are available at https://www.wshu.org/the-complete-beethoven-violin-sonatas


This concert series is one of the few instances in which the entire catalog of Beethoven’s violin sonatas has been performed together. The composer wrote the first nine violin sonatas in just five years but taken together, they represent an incredible creative trajectory. Beethoven broke new boundaries at every step. He wrote his final sonata--the autumnal masterpiece of his mature period--almost eight years later.

WSHU Music Director Kate Remington said, “Part of WSHU’s mission is to share the joy of music discovery, so we are absolutely delighted to bring this concert series to our community. Partnering with Andrew and Joshua will result in beautiful live performances, plus we will also learn some fascinating context around Beethoven’s life and work that make the music even more meaningful.

“Beethoven is lionized as a composer and artist,” said violinist Andrew Smith. “His music is treated with a reverence that can sometimes hide the intellect and passion he intended to convey to the audiences of his era. Joshua and I look forward to demonstrating that passion and intellect, and to sharing what we know about Beethoven’s genius.”

“The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas” concert series is generously sponsored by Dr. Craig McPherson in memory of Anita Kerbeshian McPherson.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Pierce have been recognized for their spellbinding ensemble and insightful interpretations. The prizewinning duo previously performed a series of sold-out concerts at WSHU called the Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas.


About WSHU Public Radio

WSHU Public Radio is a group of not-for-profit, member-supported radio stations, owned and operated by Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, that brings the best in public broadcasting to over 175,000* radio listeners and 46,539 digital listeners in Connecticut and Long Island. An NPR member since 1984, the station airs highly regarded national programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and Marketplace; locally-produced classical music; and its own regional news coverage for which it has won five national Edward R. Murrow Awards and scores of other prizes. Its classical music program Sunday Baroque is syndicated and heard on over 200 stations nationwide. In addition to broadcasting on 13 traditional radio frequencies, it streams all of its programs at www.wshu.org

*Each week, WSHU Public Radio’s terrestrial and digital platforms reach 175,000 radio listeners, 20,500 website visitors, 8,500 combined podcast visitors, 1,628 WSHU App visitors and 15,911 streaming visitors. Source: Nielsen, National Regional Database, M-F 6a-12midnight 2 book average, Sp 20/Fa 19; Oct, 21-Jan 21, 2021–3-month Average: Station Analytics by NPR; Public Media Apps; Ice-cast Stream Report, StreamGuys



$35 for single concerts, or $100 for the 4-concert series


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