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John O’Conor doesn’t play nice with Beethoven

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John O'Conor

Acclaimed Irish pianist and Beethoven interpreter offers insights into the composer’s music ahead of his February 3rd performance in Aiken.

In this Sonatas & Soundscapes interview, pianist John O’Conor joins host Bradley Fuller for a conversation about Beethoven. O’Conor shares about his early fascination with the composer’s life and music, and tells the story of a teacher’s unforgettable critique. He also provides background on the three Beethoven works he’s bringing to the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken on Thursday night, February 3rd: the Moonlight and Pathétique sonatas, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. For the final work, O’Conor will be joined by the Aiken Civic Orchestra under Adam DePriest.

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Originally from Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller has maintained a deep interest in classical music since the age of six. With piano lessons throughout grade school and involvement in marching and concert bands on the saxophone, Bradley further developed musical abilities as well as an appreciation for the importance of arts education.