In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and in partnership with the Sun Valley Music Festival, The Community Library presents a VIRTUAL evening with Jan Swafford, celebrated composer and Beethoven biographer.
Jan Swafford is an American composer and author. His journalism appears regularly in Slate. He is a long-time program writer and preconcert lecturer for the Boston Symphony and has written program notes and essays for the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto. His music has been played around the country and abroad by ensembles including the symphonies of St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Dutch Radio; Boston’s new-music groups Musica Viva, Collage, and Dinosaur Annex; and chamber ensembles including the Peabody Trio, the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Scott Chamber Players of Indianapolis. Jan earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College and his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. He is the author of Charles Ives: A Life with Music, Johannes Brahms: A Biography, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, and The Vintage Guide to Classical Music.
Presented in collaboration with the Sun Valley Music Festival
and supported by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.