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Jan 10, 2013 5:04 PM by Dan Shadwell

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Chair, Terrence Spiller plays Beethoven Friday night

The brooding, explosive temper of one of classical music's giants may be his most famous personal trait, but it also created passion in his work.
Ludwig Van Beethoven's expansive symphonies are probably his most famous works, but his chamber music and solo pieces are also spectacular, according to pianist and chair of the music department at Cal Poly, Terrence Spiller.
He will perform an all Beethoven recital tomorrow evening (Friday) on the Cal Poly campus.
"Mozart said something to the effect of 'keep your eyes on him. He's going to make a noise in this world,' " Spiller explained of the young Beethoven, "...which is actually a pretty good quote because Beethoven beat the heck out of the piano."
"There are stories of his page turners for his music being more busy pulling broken strings out of the piano than turning the pages," Spiller smiled.
"Why is he still relevant?" I asked.
Spiller paused. "Well, he's the guy who brings everything together--mind, emotion,... he was the first person really to treat the piano as an orchestra."
Professor Spiller's program includes several Beethoven sonatas, including the Appassionata.
The recital begins at 8pm at the Spanos Theater.
Tickets are $9 for students and seniors--$12 for the general public.
Proceeds benefit the Cal Poly Music Department scholarship fund.
You can get tickets at the PAC, or by calling SLO-4tix.

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