Beethoven Festival


June 11–28, 2020

Born in a time of revolution and upheaval, Ludwig van Beethoven transformed the role of an artist in society. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in the year 2020, Thomas Dausgaard invites community members to the stage as artists, composers and performers. Over three weeks, the orchestra will perform all nine symphonies alongside music created, inspired or performed by the community. Together we will hear Beethoven’s music through the lens of four world premieres which uniquely reflect our time and place.

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Beethoven Festival Events

Beethoven Festival Calendar

Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Thursday, 11 June, 2020 7:30PM

Our festival kicks off with the voices of youth. Inspired by Beethoven’s first symphonic compositions which were born out of a period of dramatic change and revolution, teens from across King County have come together to compose a new work reflecting on our changing climate and its impact on their future. Paired with Beethoven’s First and Third Symphonies, we’ll hear how this master advanced the Classical style of his mentors Haydn and Mozart, turning the pages of history and launching the Romantic era in all its power and grandeur.

PLUS: Beethoven Festival passes now available! Choose 3, 4 or 6 concerts and enjoy special benefits.

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Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7

Friday, 12 June, 2020 12:00PM

Tyshawn Sorey’s effortless mastery and extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work are on full display in his new piece for Cello and Orchestra, featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods. It’s paired with Beethoven’s dazzling Second Symphony, a pivotal work that blazed a path to glory for the young composer, and the exhilarating Symphony No. 7 which celebrates relentless, infectious rhythms.

PLUS: Beethoven Festival passes now available! Choose 3, 4 or 6 concerts and enjoy special benefits.

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Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Saturday, 13 June, 2020 8:00PM

Our festival kicks off with the voices of youth. Inspired by Beethoven’s first symphonic compositions which were born out of a period of dramatic change and revolution, teens from across King County have come together to compose a new work reflecting on our changing climate and its impact on their future. Paired with Beethoven’s First and Third Symphonies, we’ll hear how this master advanced the Classical style of his mentors Haydn and Mozart, turning the pages of history and launching the Romantic era in all its power and grandeur.

PLUS: Beethoven Festival passes now available! Choose 3, 4 or 6 concerts and enjoy special benefits.

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Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7

Sunday, 14 June, 2020 2:00PM

Tyshawn Sorey’s effortless mastery and extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work are on full display in his new piece for Cello and Orchestra, featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods. It’s paired with Beethoven’s dazzling Second Symphony, a pivotal work that blazed a path to glory for the young composer, and the exhilarating Symphony No. 7 which celebrates relentless, infectious rhythms.

PLUS: Beethoven Festival passes now available! Choose 3, 4 or 6 concerts and enjoy special benefits.

Read more >

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“It is my dream for our musicians and our audiences to feel a joint ownership of this orchestra, reveling in our performances and the joy and richness of classical music and the voices of today.”
Thomas Dausgaard