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Montage Series presents Beethoven's 'Diabelli Variations'

August 23, 2013

Eminent music scholar and pianist William Kinderman, Ph.D., is heralded as the world’s foremost authority on Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations.” On Thursday, Sept. 12, Kinderman will visit Loyola University New Orleans to perform Beethoven’s masterpiece, deemed by many experts as one of the greatest sets of variations for keyboard.

The event is free, open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

Kinderman has an exceptional ability to combine scholarship and performance, and his recordings of Beethoven’s piano works have received critical acclaim. He has written or edited 11 books, more than 60 scholarly articles and book chapters, and is guest editor of a special double issue of the Journal of Musicological Research devoted to “New Beethoven Research” to appear this year.

Currently a professor of musicology at the University of Illinois School of Music, Kinderman also taught at the University of Victoria in Canada and as a guest professor at the University of Munich. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including a 2010 Humboldt Research Award.

Kinderman’s work inspired the award-winning 2009 Broadway play, “33 Variations”by Moisès Kaufman. It recounts the story of a modern-day music scholar driven to solve one of classical music's enduring riddles—the mystery behind Beethoven's “Diabelli Variations.” Southern Rep Theatre, in partnership with MESA Production Company, presents the regional premiere of the play Sept. 11 - 29 at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown New Orleans.

A variety of related events, including a lecture with Kinderman on Friday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m., is also scheduled at the Contemporary Arts Center. Kinderman will lecture on the “Diabelli Variations” and illustrate his remarks with performed excerpts of varying lengths. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882.

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