MSUToday
Published: Dec. 11, 2019

Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven at Wharton Center

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115 bob.hoffman@whartoncenter.com

Wharton Center is thrilled to welcome for the first-time world-renowned pianist, Jonathan Biss, on Jan. 8 and 10, 2020. Two unique and breathtaking programs of Beethoven allow Biss to tap into his deep musical curiosity and explore a variety of compositions, including one of the greatest piano sonatas of all time, “Hammerklavier.”

A milestone in Jonathan Biss’s career took place this past November, when he finished a nine-year project of recording Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas on nine discs. Biss has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2005, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award. 

He was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist program and authored “Beethoven’s Shadow,” the first Kindle single written by a classical musician. 

As a gifted teacher, Jonathan Biss has spread his knowledge of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with online courses through Coursera. Representing over 160 countries, enrolled students have skills ranging from musical novice to expert. 

Experience Jonathan Biss live for the first time at Wharton Center, as he performs the following:

Wednesday, Jan. 8 performance includes:
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastoral”
Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101

Thursday, Jan. 10 performance includes:
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, “The Hunt”
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”

Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets at whartoncenter.com; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800-WHARTON. Tickets start at $40. Group and student discounts are available.