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Join in! Awaken curiosity! Rediscover Beethoven! The opening ceremony will raise the curtain for a nationwide anniversary year celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn, the former capital of the electorate of Cologne. Why Beethoven? Why now? And for whom? These are the questions that will accompany us into the anniversary year.

 250 years of Beethoven offer a lot of room for a variety of perspectives on the composer and the opening ceremony will reflect this broad spectrum. The ceremonial address will be given by Prof. Monika Grütters, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. A Beethoven pasticcio designed by Paul Griffiths especially for the opening concert will explore the relevance that Beethoven and his music can still have for us today. The collage will be framed by the Leonore Overture No. 3 op. 72b and the Choral Fantasia op. 80. The opening concert, which will be broadcast live by the West German Broadcasting Service (WDR), forms the festive prelude to an eventful opening week. An event organized by Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft GmbH in cooperation with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.

Start: 8 pm, Eintrance: 6.30 pm

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Conductor: Dirk Kaftan



Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Ilse Eerens, Soprano

Olivia Trummer, Piano

Matthias Brandt, Speaker

Petr Fiala, Choirmaster and rehearsal



Opernhaus Bonn
Boeselagerhof 1
53111 Bonn


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