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Beethoven 250

Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven in 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. In 2020 his 250th birthday and his musical legacy will be celebrated across the world.

Beethoven 250 is a fantastic festival within the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival. It will feature an exciting series of events to recognise this legendary composer and connecting Beethoven to our city and our people.

Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash

This is your chance to perform with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by APO Music Director Giordano Bellincampi, and celebrate Beethoven’s birthday in our big community play-in for musicians of all skill levels.

Dust off that instrument that’s under the bed or start practising your singing in the shower.

Beethoven's Big Birthday Bash
Auckland Town Hall
2.30pm, Sunday 15 March

Everyone is welcome for this free event, but registration is essential

The Symphonies

The centrepiece of Beethoven 250 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

Book all four concerts to save 15%!

Ludwig Reflected

Join us in the Concert Chamber for an hour of stimulating music and thought-provoking talk. Each event features a new, specially commissioned Beethoven-inspired work alongside a known work. Our guest speakers will share their thoughts and ideas, delving deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven.

Ludwig Reflected #1
6pm, Monday 23 March
Ludwig Reflected #2
6pm Wednesday 25 March
Ludwig Reflected #3

6pm Friday 27 March

Free events but booking recommended


Beethoven 250 is presented by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Live.

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