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2019-05-09 | 250 Years of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020

Beethoven as a citizen of Bonn © Sonja WernerLudwig van Beethoven ranks to be the most frequently played classical composer and pioneer of Romantic music. He was born in Bonn in 1770 – being baptised on the 17th December the same year. Being not older than seven, Beethoven already performed in public for the first time and soon afterwards made a name of himself being a piano virtuoso. His relocation from Bonn to Vienna led Beethoven to Joseph Haydn, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. Due to difficulties hearing which, in the course of time, had even led to deafness, Beethoven focused more and more on composing. Thereby, he strived for every single note and had to rework and improve his works over and over again. From all his accomplishments, his nine symphonies stand out the most.

Highlights of the festival year 2020 celebrating 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven

On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the composer and visionary Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020, series of concerts, exhibitions, film projects, series of lectures and events for children and teens as well as various “festivals in the festival year” are planned. The festival year will start on the 16th December 2019 and will come to an end on the 17th December the following year. In the following, we would like to introduce to you some of the highlights that would be perfect travel occasions for your group tour:

Exhibitions on the occasion of 250th years of Beethoven

  • “BEETHOVEN – World. Citizens. Music”
    Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, 16th December 2019 – 26th April 2020

The central exhibition for Beethoven's anniversary presents unique original exhibits from the Beethoven House as well as other German and international collections. These include portraits, original instruments, autographs and sketchbooks that comprehensively trace the artist's life and work.

  • “The new Beethoven-House”
    You can look forward to a redesigned permanent exhibition in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth house.
    Bonn, starting mid 2019
  • “Bonn’s Golden Age – the kurkölnisch residence city during Beethoven’s days”
    Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-House, April – July 2020
  • “Music and Politics”
    The House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, June 2020 – January 2021
  • “Sound and Silence – Der Klang der Stille”
    Museum of art Bonn, 8th October 2020 – 17th January 2021

Festivals in 2020

  • BTHVN-week. Chamber music festival
    Beethoven-House Bonn, 16th January – 9th February 2020
  • International Beethoven Festival Bonn 2020: “Opera ultima”
    Beethoven Festival Bonn, 13th March – 22nd March 2020, cycle of all nine symphonies
  • International Beethoven Festival Bonn 2020
    Beethoven Festival Bonn, 4th September – 4th October 2020 (tbc), approx. 60 main concerts

Do you plan a group tour around the topic of Beethoven’s 250th birthday? Being an experienced music tour operator, we would love to support you planning your tour. We are looking forward to your request.

Beethoven as a citizen of Bonn © Sonja Werner