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On Sunday, December 16, 1770 a son was born to Johann and Maria Magdalena van Beethoven in the German city of Bonn... He was named after his famous grandfather, the Kappellmeister to the Elector of Cologne: Ludwig.

And so on this day, we celebrate this important event, even 241 years later! It is a testament to his enduring legacy, to the beauty he brought to this world for so many generations to enjoy, and as long as we can play music, his name will surely be remembered.

Make a toast to him today, tune in to your local classical radio or put on your favorite recording of Beethoven. He deserves a good cheer!

If you believe in Beethoven, then consider making a donation to our cause now! Visit our website for more information, or let us know of your interest in supporting if you would like to discuss more detailed options by writing back to us. Every bit makes a BIG difference in our ability to operate and further accomplish our mission of sharing our passion, from making recordings and doing educational outreach in schools, to organizing major international festivals!

And for those of you able to be in Chicago this Sunday:

You are cordially invited to attend


Beethoven Birthday Bash 2011


Presented by International Beethoven Project

in partnership with


High Concept Laboratories 

Sunday December 18, 2011


4 to 7pm


In west Lincoln Park


Please RSVP for address details!

Ample street parking


Celebrate Beethoven's 241st birthday (born December 16th, 1770) in a festive and relaxed atmosphere, with special musical guests from Beethoven Festival 2011!!! Listen to great music, eat great cake and enjoy fantastic drinks in good company to celebrate one of the most innovative artists in history.


And... Be the first to hear us present our plans for


Beethoven Festival 2012!



4pm: Welcome


4:30pm: Music  



A toast for Beethoven

Introduction of plans for Beethoven Festival 2012!!!


5:30pm - 6:30pm:

Music (with Spektral Quartet, Aurelien Pederzoli, Mischa Zupko, Stephen Burns, George Lepauw, etc)


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This event is free to attend...

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You can look over the schedule of events that took place during Beethoven Festival 2011 here:

Festival Schedule

(It actually all happened, and more!!!)

At a glance... (for more details, please visit website)

Wednesday 9/14/2011


4pm    Opener: Festival Mix 1: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart

Winston Choi & George Lepauw: Mozart and Beethoven 4 hand piano sonatas

Spektral Quartet in Trio Form: 3 Haydn Divertimenti 

David Lisker & George Lepauw: Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonata No. 1 

Bach & Beethoven Ensemble: Bach Organ Trio Sonata 

Mayuko Kamio: Bach Chaconne for Solo Violin 

Beethoven Project Players: Beethoven String Trio Opus 3 


7pm    Opening Reception


8pm    Opening Concert: Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms
Bach & Beethoven Ensemble: Telemann Don Quixote Suite
Beethoven Project Players: Beethoven Piano Quartet No. 3
Avalon Quartet with pianist George Lepauw: Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor
Avalon Quartet with pianist Jonathan Yates: Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor


10pm   Nightcap & Dessert


11pm   Late-Night Concert
Bach & Beethoven Ensemble: Vivaldi "Folia"
Aurelien Pederzoli & George Lepauw: Mozart violin sonatas and letter readings



Thursday 9/15/2011


4pm    Afternoon Concert Festival Mix 2: Brahms, Schumann, Beethoven
Mayuko Kamio & George Lepauw: Beethoven "Kreutzer" sonata for violin and piano
David Moss & George Lepauw: Brahms viola sonata No. 2
Winston Choi & MingHuan Xu: Schumann sonata for violin and piano No. 1
Aurelien Pederzoli & George Lepauw: Mozart violin sonata in C Major
Beethoven Project Players (Sang Mee Lee, Mathias Tacke, David Moss, Alex Smith, Andrew Snow): Beethoven String Quintet Opus 4


7pm    Reception


8pm    Concert: Beethoven & Brahms
Mayuko Kamio & George Lepauw: Beethoven violin and piano sonatas No. 5 (Spring) and No. 6, and Brahms sonata No. 1
Beethoven Project Players (Mathias Tacke, Austin Wulliman, David Moss, Alex Smith, Peter Thomas): Beethoven "Kreutzer" sonata arranged for string quintet


10pm   Nightcap & Dessert


11pm    Late-Night Concert: Bach's Art of the Fugue &
Untempered Improvisations

Winston Choi, piano
Aaron Krister Johnson, fortepiano (1818 Broadwood)



Friday 9/16/2011


4pm    Beethoven Today: New Music Showcase curated by Mischa Zupko
Anaphora, Dal Niente Ensemble, Duo Diorama, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, College of DuPage Chamber Singers, Quintet Attacca, Axiom Brass


6:30pm Reception


7:30pm Beethoven Festival Orchestra: GRAND ACADEMY CONCERT
Heather Wittels, Concertmaster

Part I (Conductor: Robert McConnell)
Mozart Magic Flute Overture
Beethoven Consecration of the House Overture
Beethoven "Emperor" Piano Concerto with George Lepauw, piano

Part II (Conductor: Daniel Boico)
Beethoven Violin Romances in G and F Major with Sang Mee Lee, violin
Penderecki String Sinfonietta

Part III (Conductor: Daniel Boico)
Beethoven "Eroica" Symphony


12am    Goldberg Project: New Ways of Hearing Bach's Goldbergs
Lara Downes, piano: 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldbergs
Beethoven Project Players (Aurelien Pederzoli, David Moss, Christopher Ferrer): The Goldberg Variations For String Trio arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky



Saturday 9/17/2011


10:30am    Matinee: Beethoven's influence in works for viola
Anthony Devroye, viola & George Lepauw, piano:
Beethoven Horn Sonata Arranged for viola and piano, Opus 17

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

Shostakovich sonata for viola and piano 


1pm    Young Performers Concert & Masterclass: All Beethoven



6pm Beethoven Panel Discussion: Quest for Beethoven-Modern Perceptions
with James F. Green, Alessandra Comini, Benedetta Saglietti and Stephen Alltop


8:00pm    Beethoven for Piano Solo, Introduced by New Poems
Winston Choi, piano: Beethoven Preludes in all keys and Boulez "Incises"
Marta Aznavoorian, piano: Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 31 no. 3 "Tempest"
George Lepauw, piano: Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 53 "Waldstein"
Winston Choi, piano: Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 101
Marta Aznavoorian & George Lepauw: 4 hand works
Bret Klersfeld, poet: Poems inspired by Beethoven's Piano Sonatas


11pm       Film Premieres & Art Party


12am       Jazz-Rock Concert: Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green & his Band
Reed Mathis's own arrangement of Beethoven's "Eroica" and "Pastoral" Symphonies. Not to be missed!

Sunday 9/18/2011


12pm    Matinee
Larry Combs, clarinet, David Moss, viola, George Lepauw, piano:
Mozart "Kegelstatt" Trio
Larry Combs, clarinet & George Lepauw, piano: Brahms clarinet sonata no. 2
Sang Mee Lee, violin & George Lepauw, piano: Beethoven violin sonata no. 8

2pm      Lunch


3pm      Reading: Beethoven's Letters


4pm      Bagatelle Project World Premieres by 20 composers on the Ode to Joy
with pianists Winston Choi, Marta Aznavoorian and George Lepauw
with new works by Shulamit Ran, Jim Stephenson, Mischa Zupko, Aaron Krister Johnson, Sarah J. Ritch, Greg Hutter, Kirsten Broberg, George Flynn, Patricia Moorehead, Robert Lombardo, Kurt Westerberg, Marta Ptaszinska, Less Kesselman, Garrett Byrnes, Lawrence Axelrod, Ilya Levinson, Robert Patterson, Kristin Kuster, Carter Pann...


5pm      Closing Concert
Winston Choi, George Lepauw & Marta Aznavoorian
Beethoven 4 hand works ending with the composer's own arrangement from the string quartet of the Grosse Fuge.


6pm      Closing Public Reception



7pm      VIP-only Event: Closing Night Celebration
Champagne, Hors-d'Oeuvres, Desserts, Presentation of annual Beethoven Spirit Award to Dr. Otto von Habsburg (posthumously) received by Prince Piotr Galitzine

Top Festival performers and ensembles include:

George Lepauw, Winston Choi, Marta Aznavoorian, Lara Downes, Jonathan Yates, Aaron Johnson, Aurelien Pederzoli, Mayuko Kamio, David Lisker, Sang Mee Lee, MingHuan Xu, Mathias Tacke, Anthony DeVroye, Larry Combs, Spektral Quartet, Avalon Quartet, Bach & Beethoven Period Instrument Ensemble, Beethoven Project Players, Anaphora, Dal Niente Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Duo Diorama, College of DuPage Chamber Singers, Quintet Attacca, Axiom Brass, Reed Mathis and his Band, Beethoven Festival Orchestra with conductors Daniel Boico and Robert McConnell...

Festival Artists:

Rachel Monosov, Carly Ivan Garcia, Michael Cuffe, Gail Stoicheff, Rhom, Brian Leo,
David J. Eichenberg, Amy Hill, Hugh Leeman, Amina Ahmed, Maya Kalabic, Jason Pallas, Emily Cunningham, Mike Cahill etc.

Festival Scholars:
Alessandra Comini, James F. Green, Benedetta Saglietti, Stephen Alltop

Festival Poet:
Bret Klersfeld

Top Image: Beethoven by Carly Ivan Garcia, on Display at Beethoven Festival 2011

Artist and photographer credits in left column:
Amy Hill, Albert J. Kim, Bradley Weiss, Mark Hauser, Max Anisimov, Rachel Monosov, Didier Lepauw
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