"I'm a romantic person and a street is for everybody. It's public domain," says Noguera about why he chose pavement over a simple statue. Another thing in the public domain is classical music, and this Sunday an inaugural ceremony will be followed by a concert by the New World Symphony Brass Quintet and musicians from the Coral Reef High School Chamber Orchestra led by Alan Hudson. The next day, local musicians, including pianists Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales and guitarist Fabio Zini, will offer a two-hour show to celebrate Beethoven's 232nd birthday.
Noguera's Beethoven-related ambitions don't end there. He hopes the future might hold a Beethoven plaza, a memorial, a replica of the composer's home, a park featuring classical music pumped in 24 hours a day, and a Metromover stop named Brickell Beethoven Station. He also wants to establish a Miami Beethoven Society.
Seems out of character for a town that doesn't really move to a classical beat, but not for Noguera: "I think in this case the name Beethoven goes beyond classical music. He's a universal person. After the name is hanging there on the street signs, everything will have more soul."