Ed Harris took a break from “Channeling Beethoven” to read from the composer’s letters at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening night Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, alongside pianist Evgeny Kissin. Harris portrays the composer in the currently lensing pic.
“The thing I love about Beethoven is that he said, ‘I’ve got all this music inside of me, and I hear it all the time,'” Harris said. “He stayed alive as long as he could to do that.”
After the concert (and the nearly 10-minute standing ovation), guests headed to a tent adorned with red roses for dinner emceed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek, who revealed her soft-spot for the stormy composer.
“I’m a Beethoven stalker,” she said. “Years ago before ‘Malcolm (in the Middle),’ I took a year off from acting and studied as much Beethoven as I could get my hands on. It’s an obsession.”