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Hershey Felder’s Beethoven: A Play with Music

September 08, 2023

Hershey Felder’s Beethoven is a captivating and immersive theatrical experience that takes audiences on a journey through the life and work of one of the greatest composers of all time. Through the masterful storytelling and musical performance of Hershey Felder, audiences are transported to 19th century Vienna, where they witness the struggles, triumphs and genius of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Based on Dr. Gerhard von Breuning’s factual book Aus dem Schwarzspanierhaus, Hershey Felder brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of the Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Described by American Theatre Magazine as “a seductive portraitist, compelling storyteller, and superb concert pianist,” Hershey Felder portrays both Beethoven and Dr. Gerhard von Breuning, who, as a young boy, cared for Beethoven in the last years of his life.

The show features stunning performances of some of Beethoven’s most beloved works, including Moonlight SonataPathétique Sonata, and the iconic Fifth Symphony. Audiences will be enthralled by the virtuosic piano playing of Hershey Felder, who brings Beethoven’s music to life in a way that is both moving and unforgettable.

Hershey Felder’s Beethoven is more than just a musical performance, it is a celebration of art, passion and the human spirit. With its powerful music and captivating storytelling, this show is a must-see for anyone who loves classical music, history or the arts.


the music of Ludwig van Beethoven
book by Hershey Felder
directed by Joel Zwick

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The Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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