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Beethoven 250

Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven in 2020

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with Auckland Arts Festival is thrilled to announce Beethoven 250. 2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th birthday which will be celebrated across the world and we are proud to be bringing a special series of events to Auckland to recognise this legendary composer. 

Beethoven 250 will be a fantastic festival within the Festival. The centrepiece of the festival will be the APO performing the complete cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies in four concerts over nine days, led by Maestro Giordano Bellincampi. The series will culminate in a very special performance of the Ninth Symphony featuring New Zealand soloists Madeleine Pierard, Kristin Darragh, Amitai Pati and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

The Classicist
7.30pm, Saturday 21 March 2020
Auckland Town Hall
Symphonies No.1, 2, 3

The Romantic
7.30pm, Tuesday 24 March 2020
Auckland Town Hall
Symphonies No.4, 5

The Revolutionary
7.30pm, Thursday March 26 2020
Auckland Town Hall
Symphonies No.6, 7

The Radical
5pm, Sunday 29 March 2020
Auckland Town Hall
Symphonies No.8, 9

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In addition to the symphony cycle there will be a variety of exciting free and community events celebrating Beethoven’s legacy and connecting him to our city and our people. This includes Ludwig Reflected – a free chamber concert and speaker series featuring new Beethoven-inspired works by New Zealand composers and the chance to delve deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven, activities for people with visual and hearing challenges and a community Big Play-In for musicians of all skill levels.

More information about the full programme of events will be available nearer the time.  

The various events comprising Beethoven 250 are presented by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Live.




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