May 17, 2022

Essex Winter Series Celebrates 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s Birth with ‘BeethovenFest,’ This Afternoon

Pictured from left to right: Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Timothy Cobb, David Shifrin, Frank Morelli, and William Purvis.

ESSEX, CT Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Essex Winter Series (EWS) hosts the rescheduled presentation of BeethovenFest on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. at Valley Regional High School, Deep River. The program was originally part of the organization’s 43rd season in 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

BeethovenFest, a special tribute to the master composer, brings together seven world-renowned artists – David Shifrin, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Timothy Cobb, double bass – for a memorable performance of Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 8, and Septet in E-flat, Op. 20.

In 2022, EWS will again offer a season of in-person concerts:

  • Jan. 9 – Brentano String Quartet with Mihae Lee, piano;
  • Jan. 30 – Patricia Schuman, soprano, with Bradley Moore, piano;
  • Feb. 20 – Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks; 
  • March 20 – Resurgam (saxophone) Quartet. 

Concerts begin at 3 p.m. and are general admission.

For tickets visit or call 860-272-4572. As a precaution for our audience, artists and staff, health guidelines will be followed and may include, among other safety measures, the presentation of vaccination proof and mask wearing.

BeethovenFest and the 2022 season are generously sponsored by Masonicare at Chester Village, The Clark Group, Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP LLC, Tower Laboratories, BrandTech Scientific, Guilford Savings, WSHU Radio, The Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

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