Beethoven turns 250 – mark the occasion at your library!

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – A free series of book discussion groups led by Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director José Luis Gomez are coming soon to three Pima County Public Libraries. These special events will be part of a worldwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Customers are invited to read Beethoven’s Hair, a book hailed as “a terrific story—odd, suspenseful, controversial, and ultimately revealing” (Denver Post). The book follows a single lock of hair from Ludwig Van Beethoven, from the great composer's deathbed in 1827 to its 1994 sale at Sotheby's. Read the book, then join Maestro Gomez at one of these special book discussions.

The book is currently available at numerous library locations, but we expect a waitlist as we gear up for the event. Reserve your copy soon, or find it at your local bookstore!

Library Director Amber Mathewson says, “Community partnerships are a cornerstone of the Library’s values. We’re excited to work with TSO on these programs that explore the intersection of writing, music, and science.”

“Working with the Library gives us the opportunity to create new possibilities for engaging, educating, and inspiring our community. It’s a direct connection to our mission of making an impact both on and off the stage,” says Kathryn R. Martin, TSO’s Interim President and CEO.

In addition to these events, TSO will observe the anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in the 2019/2020 season, which will include performances of his first eight symphonies.

For more information about these and other book clubs, call Infoline at (520) 791-4010. To learn more about upcoming TSO programming, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


About Pima County Public Library: For more than 100 years, we’ve been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you’re looking for. Every day, we’re making our mission a reality by educating and connecting people and inspiring ideas.

About Tucson Symphony Orchestra: At 91 years old, the TSO is the longest continuously performing professional arts organization in Arizona, and was the first professional symphony orchestra in the Southwest. With a diverse season of  classics, pops and award-winning music education programs, TSO impacts more than 120,000 lives each year, infuses millions into the economy of Southern Arizona annually, and attracts over 75 professional musicians from across the country to live, perform and teach in Tucson and throughout the state.