Church Of Beethoven

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V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
James T. Shields (clarinet) and Conor Hanick (piano) take a breather at Club Beethoven’s June 5 debut.
photo courtesy of Club Beethoven

Performance Review

Ludwig’s Hotspot

Church of Beethoven’s older, cocktail-swirling brother

When I found out I could hear live classical music and drink a beer and not get up “really early” on Sunday morning, I was totally in. Club Beethoven is the afternoon version of Church of Beethoven, the long-running Sunday morning event featuring classical music and a bit of spoken performance, usually poetry. The Club is held in the afternoon, at Casablanca, inside the Hotel Andaluz.
V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Idris Goodwin


Church of Idris Goodwin

Poet/rapper/author/nice guy performs at COB

Idris Goodwin has a new book—These Are the Breaks—and a newish album—Break Beat Poems—and both of them are mm mm good. Because he somehow lives in Chicago, Iowa and New Mexico, you never know when you’ll get to catch him, or what crazy project he’ll be popping up in next. BUT see him this Sunday at the Church of Beethoven. You like music, you like poetry and, unless you’ve never heard him, you like Idris Goodwin. Go! Then you’ll be part of the team that knows what’s up.

(Full disclosure: I once acted in a play that Goodwin wrote. And it was awesome.)

This is the program:

Igor Stravinsky: Elegy for Solo Viola

George Gershwin: Preludes for Clarinet and Piano

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Idris Goodwin, poet

V.18 No.51 | 12/17/2009

Culture Shock

A Good Life

When I was invited to read at the Church of Beethoven as the featured poet back in October, I was sadly unable to meet the series' founder, Felix Wurman. First diagnosed with bladder cancer in November 2008, he had major surgery this past spring and experienced a brief reprieve. The cancer returned, however, spreading now to the bone. By the fall, he had gone to North Carolina to be near his sister and receive treatment there. At the Sunday performance I was so privileged to be a part of, there was still talk of Wurman's return. However, this is no longer the case. Wurman’s cancer has proven resistent to treatment.

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