Beethoven Lives Upstairs @ Pinecrest Gardens! The Banyan Bowl is an outdoor venue. The performance features FIU graduate A.J. Ruiz as Uncle and Melanie Caplan as Christoph. Space is limited! Teach your kids about the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven in this world-famous production! A “madman” has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph, a young boy who lives in Vienna. Through a series of letters to his Uncle, dramatically underscored with Beethoven’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music.