June 11–28, 2020
Born in a time of revolution and upheaval, Ludwig van Beethoven transformed the role of an artist in society. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in the year 2020, Thomas Dausgaard invites community members to the stage as artists, composers and performers. Over three weeks, the orchestra will perform all nine symphonies alongside music created, inspired or performed by the community. Together we will hear Beethoven’s music through the lens of four world premieres which uniquely reflect our time and place.< SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Beethoven Festival Events
There are no performances on this day
2019–2020 Season Highlights
Welcome to an exciting and wondrous season of music marked by the introduction of our new music director Thomas Dausgaard on one end and a joyous three-week celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday on the other.
Meet Thomas Dausgaard
The great rhythm of our city is change, propelling us ever forward with energy and purpose. And so, with an enthusiastic embrace of the future, we welcome Thomas Dausgaard as our new music director.
Premieres & New Music
Be among the first in the world to hear music by some of today’s most forward-thinking artists, including nine world premieres. Discover music by John Adams, Anna Clyne, Reena Esmail, Daniel Kidane, Janice Giteck, Elena Langer, Hannah Lash, Olga Neuwirth and Composer in Residence Tyshawn Sorey.
From the glamour of Opening Night to New Year’s Eve with Meow Meow, enjoy one-of-a-kind events throughout the season! Dive deep into the music of Quincy Jones and John Williams; relive the magic of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony; or be swept away by Rachmaninov’s unforgettable melodies during Rach Fest in May 2020.