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Free Community Lecture on Beethoven – First Parish

December 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A free, community presentation on “Beethoven: We Need More (Ode to) Joy! — Exploring a Masterpiece” will be hosted via Zoom by First Parish in Bedford on Sunday, December 13 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

This December 17th marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth! The composer has long been considered by many to be the lynchpin of Western Music.

This new and second presentation about the composer will focus on a musical miracle, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony — one of Beethoven’s final works — a work he composed while deaf and during significant personal struggles.  Brad will explore and concentrate on the “Ode to Joy”, one of the most significant pieces of music worldwide in almost every culture.

Brad Conner has been the Music & Choral Director at First Parish in Bedford for 16 years.   Brad has a vibrant enthusiasm for all genres of music from classical to contemporary to jazz to blues, to the Great American Songbook, to Broadway/film music, to classic rock … to all good music.  Beethoven has played a major part in both his teaching and performing backgrounds.  Besides working on Beethoven solo piano works during this period of COVID, this past spring, he and Benjamin Sears team-taught a six-part course on Beethoven for Beacon Hill Seminars.  The series proved so successful that they were asked to present an encore of the course this past fall.  Brad has multiple degrees from West Virginia University including musicology, vocal and piano performance, and teaching.

Come and add some JOY to your holidays!!

For the Zoom link, please contact Ellen at

First Parish in Bedford is proud to present this talk as part of its free, monthly forums (lyceums) on a wide range of topics.   All talks are free and open to the public.


December 13, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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