We started the new year with a program dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. Elena Kushnerova, a pianist, journalist and author of literary texts, who spoke from Baden-Baden (Germany), talked about the difficult life and creative path of the composer. "Comprehending Beethoven" - this is how the ether was called. After the lecture, the guests of the Pushkin Society from Europe and America discussed the place of the great romantic in world culture, why Beethoven became a symbolic figure, including in everyday life, how the composer turned into a meme and tone for telephones. Who is he? Classic, traditionalist or avant-garde?