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The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation Presents Beethoven & His Legacy, Oct. 29

NEW YORK – The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation presents the online concert, Beethoven and His Legacy: Schubert, Kuhlau and Tsontakis on Thursday, October 29, 6:30-8 PM.

Pianist Maria Asteriadou and violinist Kurt Nikkanen, accompanied by Grammy-nominated flutist, Carol Wincenc will perform in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. The concert will live-stream chamber music works by Beethoven, Schubert, Kuhlau, and Tsontakis from Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University.

The program will explore the profound influence Beethoven's work has had on subsequent generations of composers. Franz Schubert was a passionate devotee of Beethoven, Friedrich Kuhlau was known as the "Beethoven of the Flute," and Musical America has described Greek-American composer George Tsontakis' String Quartet No. 4 as "containing a reflective emotional power reminiscent of Beethoven's late quartets."

Heralded by The New York Times as "an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style," Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Kurt Nikkanen made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of twelve, and is Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and an international soloist of the highest order. Hailed "Queen of the flute" by New York Magazine, Carol Wincenc has performed in countless venues worldwide and won numerous awards.

Only the hosts and artists will be seen by video. The event is free. Upon registration a link to the event will be provided.

More information is available online: https://www.hacfoundation.org.

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