Sunday, November 20 is "Beethoven Day" in New York City, signed and sealed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The honor comes in recognition of the Beethoven sonata marathon taking place in The Greene Space at WQXR, a 12-hour event that forms the centerpiece of Beethoven Awareness Month. Following is the complete text:
Office of the Mayor
City of New York
Whereas: New York City is the cultural capital of the world, we’re known internationally for our dedication to the arts, and as home to world-renowned venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York is without a doubt the best city anywhere for classical music. This is why we’re happy to commemorate today’s sonata marathon as the centerpiece of Beethoven Awareness Month, a symphony of exciting events hosted by the nation’s foremost classical music radio station, WQXR.
Whereas: Beethoven was one of the most broadly talented artists in music history, composing for a wide range of instruments in many different genres. After 200 years, he remains a household name, and WQXR, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, has done its own virtuosic work to keep his legacy alive. Beethoven Awareness Month includes a fantastic string of broadcasts that range from full orchestral performances to the single piano sonatas being performed today. WQXR has also developed online features and tie-ins with today’s most innovative artists, showing that Beethoven’s masterpieces have an important place in the modern world.
Whereas: Beethoven had a favorite saying: “The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther.’” We share this attitude here in New York City, especially where the arts are concerned. By celebrating his music, we are all inspired to push ourselves harder, and to always dream bigger. Together, we can ensure that New York City remains the best city in the world for celebrating the arts, history, and culture.
Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the city of New York, in recognition of this important event, do hereby proclaim Sunday, November 20th, 2011 in the city of New York as:
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand caused the seal of the city of New York to be affixed.