The Beethoven Center

 The Wonderful Ira. F. Brilliant Beethoven Center

The Center is an extensive library and museum devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Established in 1983 when Ira F. Brilliant donated his Beethoven collection to San José State University, the Center officially opened in September 1985 with a gala co-sponsored by the San Jose Symphony. Building on Ira Brilliant’s original donation, the Center now has the largest collection of Beethoven materials outside of Europe. In addition to functioning as a research library and museum, the Center is involved in a variety of educational programs and sponsors concerts, lectures, tours, and other events. Long-term projects include publication of The Beethoven Journaland development of the Center’s online catalog, the Beethoven Gateway. The Center is also the headquarters for the American Beethoven Society.

ABS also supports the Beethoven Gateway.

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