At the age of 12, he had his first music published.
Before he reached 50, he bacame totally deaf. And during his last year alive, he continued to compose.
Thus was the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Next Sunday, the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra will commemorate him in its performance of "Got Beethoven?" at the University of Florida auditorium. Tickets for general admission cost $18, with discounted prices for students, seniors and children. For more information, call 336-5448.
Of public interest
The Gainesville City Commission holds a special meeting at 3 p.m. at City Hall to give final approval to the Urban Services Report for the proposed SW 20th Avenue annexation.
The Alachua County Commission discusses its long-term goals at a workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.
The Gainesville City Commission holds a special meeting at 3 p.m. at City Hall to vote on the first reading of an ordinance for the proposed SW 20th Avenue annexation.
The Gainesville City Commission holds its annual goal-setting retreat beginning at 10 a.m. at Ironwood Gold Course Clubhouse, 2100 NE 39th Ave.
TODAYThe Antique and Custom Auto Show offers an opportunity for auto buffs and car club members to display their customized or antique vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Waldo Farmers' and Flea Market. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and costs $8. Entry to the show is free.
MONDAYThe Celebration of Unity honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with music, drama, dialogue and dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hippodrome State Theatre. Free.
The Gainesville VA Medical Center is hosting a ceremony honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 11 a.m. in the Medical Center auditorium. "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!" features a keynote speech by Clovis Watson, Alachua's city manager.
SW 34th Street - Lane closures between 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. from Archer Road to University Avenue.
SW 13th Street - Nighttime lane closures at intersections of SW 9th, 8th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, W. University, and NW 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th avenues.
County Road 241 - Daytime lane closures between State Road 26 in Jonesville and the I-75 overpass.
I-75 at NW 39th Ave. - Northbound lane closures.
U.S. 301 - Nighttime lane closures at intersection with State Road 16.
U.S. 17 - Daytime lane closures from State Road 16 south of Green Cove Springs to Sweat Road.
Lake Jeffrey Road - Daytime lane closures from CSX Railroad to Winfield Road.
State Road 121 - Daytime lane closures between Worthington Springs and Lake Butler.