Joy of Beethoven comes to Jewell

Concert on Wednesday to feature concert pianist, Jewell music teachers

Stephan Moller is pictured with Delayna and Don Beattie.

JEWELL — On Wednesday, internationally distinguished concert pianist, Stephan Moller, will join Jewell music teachers, Don and Delayna Beattie to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, opus 125 “Ode to Joy.” They will perform on two grand pianos in the sanctuary of the United Church of Christ at 600 Main Street in Jewell.

The 7 p.m. concert will also feature Moller performing Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm by Don Beattie.

Tickets are not needed as admission is free with free will donations appreciated. The Beatties expressed thanks to the Jewell United Church of Christ staff and members as well as Shon Clausen of Des Moines for his invaluable assistance with the grand pianos.

While a piano professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Don Beattie founded the Beethoven Society for Pianists in 1984. Moller first performed for the Society in 1986 following his performances as a prize winner in the 1985 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, From that time forward, he and Society Directors, Don and Delayna Beattie, have been friends in sharing their love of the music and message of Beethoven.

With the Beatties move from Illinois to Delayna’s hometown of Jewell in 2016, Moller has already performed in Jewell in 2017 and 2018. The community response to Moller has been overwhelming, according to the Beatties, as all marvel at his extraordinary artistry and delightful personality. The community has also enjoyed the headline that advertised these concerts as “From Vienna to Carnegie Hall to Jewell.”

Moller often performs in Carnegie Hall in New York and performs and teaches throughout the world. Born in Hamburg and beginning his teaching career in Germany, Stephan has been a piano professor at distinguished conservatories in Vienna, Austria for the past 20 years as well as being the founder and director of the Vienna International Pianist Academy. Perhaps the best, however, is yet to come, according to the Beatties.

Beginning in 2020, Stephan will stage an unparalleled celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year in 1770 by performing all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas in 32 venues around the world.

While he performed these sonatas in an 8 recital series for the Society in 1996, he will stage these concerts in extraordinary two-day performances with Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinee and evening concerts. Of special interest will be his performance of the sonatas in their order of composition dating from 1795 to 1822.

As of this date, Moller has already confirmed 17 concert locations for Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas beginning, in late August 2020, in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven’s birthplace, and a tour that will include Vienna, Hamburg, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Japan, Australia, Mexico, New York and Jewell, Iowa where he will perform on Oct. 3 and 4, 2020. Tickets for the sonata series will go on sale beginning June 1, 2020.

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