Beethoven Turns 251

Presented by Symphony San Jose

John Nakamatsu performs both Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 5 for Symphony Silicon Valley's December program.

After so many plans for Beethoven’s 250th birthday were aborted last December, imagine how remarkable the 251st will be.

Join Symphony Silicon Valley’s salute to this most revered of creator-innovators. Under Maestro John Nelson’s seasoned leadership, Jon Nakamatsu, internationally renowned and local favorite, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the 5th Symphony, Beethoven’s stunning signature work and a cornerstone of Western music.

Jon Nakamatsu, soloist: A native of California, Jon Nakamatsu claimed a distinguished place on the international musical scene in June, 1997 when he was named the Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. A former high school German teacher, he became a popular hero overnight in the highly traditional medium of classical music.  (bio)

Note: Both the Concerto and the Symphony were premiered for a general audience on the same evening in 1808, with Beethoven the soloist for the first work and conductor for the second. Remarkable indeed.

City: San Jose
Price Range:
$55 to $115

Program Items

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven Symphony No. 5


John Nelson conductor
Jon Nakamatsu Soloist, piano

California Theatre

California Theatre

345 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
United States