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2020 heralds the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven and what better way to celebrate than with some of Australia's best performers, ensembles and orchestras? Take your pick from our range of concerts throughout the year and wish one of history's most influential composers a very happy birthday!

BEETHOVEN AT CITY RECITAL HALL

A Little Lunch Music:
Happy Birthday Beethoven

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTORS KATHRYN SELBY AM AND CITY RECITAL HALL
Tuesday 28 January 12.30pm

Music lovers around the world will celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday in 2020. We are delighted to kick off our 2020 A Little Lunch Music season with a special Happy Birthday celebration in the form of a performance by our Co-Artistic Director Kathryn Selby and renowned cellist Timo-Veikko Valve. We may even serve cake!

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Beethoven 1, 2, 3

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Tuesday 11 February - Sunday 16 February

This electrifying season opener, featuring added forces from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), presents the rare opportunity to hear Beethoven’s first three symphonies together, including the ACO’s first ever performance of the spirited Symphony No.2.

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The Impresario:
Mozart, Eberl, Beethoven

AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Friday 6 March 7pm

There is no question that the music of Mozart and Beethoven deserves its prominence on concert stages around the world today, but many of their contemporaries were also highly respected in the cultural circles of Classical Vienna and beyond. Marking 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, the musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra reunite him with long-forgotten friend and occasional rival Anton Eberl. 

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Elisabeth Leonskaja in Recital

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Monday 23 March 7pm

Elisabeth Leonskaja is one of those rare musicians who seem to transcend their time and place: she is a performer for the ages, and one of the last of the great Russian school. With unique authority and insight Leonskaja plays Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas, a trilogy of mysterious and deeply personal masterpieces that are a love-letter to the instrument and a final exploration of its potential. Leonskaja brings her lifetime of experience to Beethoven’s extraordinary documents of the human condition.

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Jonathan Biss in Recital

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Monday 18 May 7pm

Dynamic young American artist Jonathan Biss will release the last of his cycle of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 2020, the end of a nine-year journey.

Biss says, ‘Recording Beethoven’s complete sonatas has been among the most overwhelming experiences of my life. The reason for this, I think, is not precisely the difficulty of the music; rather, it is the intensity of the man.’

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Beethoven's Ghost

SELBY & FRIENDS
Tuesday 7 July 7pm

Selby & Friends' special tribute to the year-long celebrations surrounding the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, this concert presents one of Beethoven’s most iconic and recognizable works, the “Ghost” Trio, along with unusual and brilliant reduced versions of his larger works for piano trio by Beethoven himself. Brilliant young Australian violinist Harry Ward debuts with Selby & Friends and joins Artistic Director Kathryn Selby and her long-time collaborator, popular ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve. 

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The Souvenir:
Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Friday 7 August 7pm

Tchaikovsky’s impressions of visiting Italy in the late 1800s were so profound that he composed one of the main themes of his Romantic Souvenir de Florence while there. The Souvenir is a program of references and influences, and continues the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s cycle of showcasing world-class soloists performing Mozart Concerti. This year’s featured artist is a regular guest – natural horn specialist Anneke Scott from London. 

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A Little Lunch Music:
Beethoven's Violin

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTORS KATHRYN SELBY AM AND CITY RECITAL HALL
Monday 10 August 12.30pm

Celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday continue with this gorgeous program of two of the masters’ most popular sonatas for violin and piano performed by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and Kathryn Selby AM. 

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Mozart and Beethoven

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 August 

Violinist Henning Kraggerud leads the Sydney Symphony in a program of transcendent music.

Beethoven’s gem-like Romances see the soloist spinning out elegant, slow-motion arabesques over mellow orchestral support. The first Romance is lyrical and gentle, beginning with the violin crooning the orchestra awake; the second is more forcefully dramatic. They are rhapsodic showcases for Henning Kraggerud.

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Beethoven 250

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Saturday 14 - Friday 20 November

This is an opportunity to grasp the sheer magnitude of Beethoven’s enduring influence and the development of music over the past 250 years.

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