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The Insiders: Stop off at CCMS to hear some Beethoven tonight, dog

You’ve probably heard of Beethoven. He’s that really big dog that starred in those movies from the ’90s. But apparently there was also some guy named Beethoven who made music, and was also from the ’90s – the 1790s. It’s that Beethoven (we think) who has provided the inspiration for pianist Gregg Pauley, who has embarked on a quest to play all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven over a three-year period in “A State of Wonder: The 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven.” Why are we telling you this? Because knowledge is power, and because you might want to hit up the Redbox and grab a copy of the aforementioned cinematic classic. Beethoven’s such a cute, furry little guy.

Oh, and we’re also telling you because tonight Pauley will be playing four of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Concord Community Music School at 7:30. This is the second of nine concerts Pauley will perform over three years as he works his way through the 32 sonatas. That’s kind of a lot. In fact, the only way we could picture ourselves working through 32 sonatas would be to test drive them all at the local Hyundai dealer. Tickets for Pauley’s show are $15, or $12 for students and seniors. Movie star dogs are prohibited.

Also tonight, McGowan Fine Art is hosting the opening reception for “Love, Lust and Desire,” the latest exhibition at the gallery. The reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with the show running until Valentine’s Day. And here’s the best part – the fine people at McGowan are thinking of your waistline, dubbing the show “a low-fat alternative for your sweetheart.” For more information, visit mcgowan fineart.com.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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