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How to Celebrate Beethoven's Birthday on December 16

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Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 and was baptized on December 17, 1770. When he was 7, he gave his first public performance at Cologne. Since then, he's been one
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of the most influential people in music. He may have been born in Bonn, Germany, but even if you're in NYC, you can celebrate his life by learning more about his music and who he was.

Visit the Beethoven Statue in Central Park
The statue was was sculpted by Henry Bearer and was placed in the park in 1884. Although it's winter and likely too cold to sit outside and enjoy a snack by the statue, consider walking past and placing a flower. The bronze Beethoven statue is located in Central Park at 70th Street.

Support the New York Philharmonic
There are a lot of benefits to joining the New York Philharmonic ranging from tickets to open rehearsals to special invitations, passes and more. Levels start at $75 and go all the way up to $17,500. You'll get to experience music by those who were influenced by Beethoven and who, in turn, will create music that will influence others.

Listen to Beethoven Radio
If you're not familiar with much of his work or would like to connect more with it, check out Beethoven Radio on Last.fm. Don't mistake his music for boring elevator music that makes you want to bang your head into a wall. Currently, Last.fm has this station listed with 1,315,754 listeners and it's growing by the day they can't all be wrong.

Learn more about his life
Did you know Beethoven wrote one Opera? He wrote Fidelio in 1805, which was revised in later years. He last performed as a pianist in 1814 after he had been going deaf for some time; he was completely deaf by the time he was 40. Although he was deaf, he composed "Ninth Symphony" in 1823. He composed by sawing the legs off his piano so he could hear the vibrations. He passed away on March 26, 1827 in Vienna.

With so many great works, chances are there's at least one Beethoven piece you can connect to. On December 16, give it a shot in honor of his birthday and open yourself up to a new genre of music.

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Why? Beethoven was a musical genius
When: December 16
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