Nashville Symphony is celebrating Beethoven in a big way. They’re celebrating his 250th birthday with a calendar full of events.
The birthday celebrations begin with Beethoven’s Birthday Bash from Feb. 20 through Feb. 23 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. That event features three of his most influential pieces including Symphony No. 3, “Erotica.” The Lenore Overture No. 3 from the opera Fidelio is also on the bill along with Beethoven’s groundbreaking First Piano Concerto, featuring Irish pianist Barry Douglas.
If the music wasn’t enough to get you to the Birthday Bash, the complimentary cake should. The Café Intermezzo cake will be available for all guests in the Schermerhorn’s Main Lobby before each performance. Of course, this is only available while supplies last (so get there early!).
The Nashville Symphony is excited to celebrate Beethoven with events throughout 2020 because of his impact on music as a whole.
“More any other composer, Beethoven transformed the sound of music,” Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero says. “He upended how both musicians and audiences understood structure, harmony, form, melodic development and orchestration. Music as we know it would sound vastly different today without his influence.”
Tickets for Beethoven’s Birthday Bash are available online, by calling (615) 687-6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office.
After the Feb. 21 through Feb. 23 concerts, the Symphony will survey several Beethoven works through the year. See the full list of events for Beethoven’s 250th birthday below.
2020 Celebration of Beethoven:
March 19-21: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
Sept. 5: Symphony Under the Stars at Ascend Amphitheater feat. Symphony No. 5 and No. 9
Oct. 2-4: Classical Rock Stars feat. Symphony No. 1
Oct. 22-24: Epic Beethoven & Strauss feat. Grosse Fuge
Nov. 20 & 21: Beethoven’s Choral Masterpiece feat. Missa Solemnis
For tickets and more information on any of these events, head here.