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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

Aug. 19, 2019







Celebrating Beethoven: A Musical & Historic Icon Explored at the Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- Aug. 19, 2019) On Thursday, Sept. 19, Dr. David Kidger of Oakland University will explore the influence and impact of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most iconic and impactful composers in the history of music, at the Rochester Hills Public Library. 

The year 2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most important composers in the western tradition. Even two centuries later the music of this genius composer is instantly recognizable to all, and his music has transcended time to find a place in modern and historic cinema, and influence the evolution of music as a whole. This event will explore how Beethoven’s legacy continues to develop to this day.

"This talk will look at how Beethoven was viewed during his lifetime, and how our view of him has shaped musical culture over the last two hundred years. In particular we will consider how Beethoven's Ninth Symphony remains a foundation stone of Western Culture," said Dr. Kridger.

Dr. David Kidger has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is an Associate Professor of Musicology at Oakland University. This program is part of the Smart Towns initiative, which aims to provide lifelong learning programs for members of the community.

“This event is a wonderful way for our patrons to learn more about a historic figure in music, and we are so excited to be able to provide them with this unique look into Beethoven,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. 

The program is Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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