In Search of Beethoven delves into the composers life and music

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in search of beethoven carpenter centerDue to technical problems, the screening of In Search of Beethoven has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. It was originally planned for April 28.

Award-winning film-maker Phil Grabsky and Seventh Art Productions, the makers of 2006’s arthouse hit In Search of Mozart, are back in theaters with a feature-length biographical film about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, In Search of Beethoven, showing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

In Search of Beethoven premiered in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Theater during July 2009 where it achieved a record-breaking run. The film continues to open in cinemas across the US, receiving excellent reviews, and now makes its way to Long Beach for the first time.

As with the Mozart film, In Search of Beethoven takes a comprehensive look at the composer’s life through historical research and Beethoven’s biography and letters, but with the emphasis always on the performance—and interpretation—of Beethoven’s music. From his early piano concertos through the “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise, “ and the immortal notes of the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Beethoven’s music remains as beloved, popular, and relevant as any work of art has ever been.

In Search of Beethoven brings together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this celebrated composer. The lineup of performers and interviewees includes Jonathan Biss, Louis Langrée, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax, among others. The film is narrated by Juliet Stevenson and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s David Dawson.

A passionate portrait of a romantic soul and a magnificent voyage through some of the greatest music ever created, In Search of Beethoven is a film for music lovers and cineastes alike. General Admission tickets for In Search of Beethoven are $10 and $5 for CSULB students. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or by visiting

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