Youth Concert: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

  • Monday, March 27, 2017 at 9:20 AM
    Merrill Auditorium
  • Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:20 AM
    Merrill Auditorium

The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.

Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s education program or family concert series. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length.

The 11:20am performance of this Youth Concert is currently sold out.

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Information about Bus Travel


Groups arriving by bus should plan to arrive at Merrill Auditorium between 8:30 and 9:10 for the 9:20am performance and between 10:40 and 11:10 for the 11:20 performance.

  • If you are coming by bus, make sure the bus drivers know the route to the concert hall. For safety reasons, Myrtle Street is blocked off for buses only. As buses arrive, they are stacked in rows on the street. If a bus driver needs to drop the students off and then come back at the end of the concert, he or she will be directed by the public safety officials as to where to drop the students off and pick them up, generally on Congress Street right in front of the City Hall.

Please Share with your Driver

From I-295, take the Franklin Street exit. Go up the Franklin Street Arterial to the fourth light. Turn right onto Congress Street. Go straight through one set of traffic lights and take the next right onto Myrtle Street (Myrtle Street will be barred to all traffic except buses. City of Portland personnel will be directing traffic.) Buses will park on Myrtle Street, then release students and chaperones.

Public parking near Merrill Auditorium

Public parking is available: in the Top of the Old Port Lot on Pearl Street, two blocks northeast of Merrill Auditorium; the Portland Public Market Garage on Cumberland Avenue, three blocks south- west of Merrill Auditorium; the Elm Street Garage next to Portland High School, two blocks south- west of Merrill Auditorium; Temple Street which is one block south of Myrtle Street and on Pearl Street and Middle Street.

Concerts are 50 minutes in length 

In the case of inclement weather or parking bans on the day of a concert, take empty buses to one of the following lots: the city lot on Back Bay across from Hannaford, the Portland Expo lot on Park Avenue or the lot behind Union Station Plaza on Saint John Street.





Education Partner


Concert Sponsor

TD Bank