Coming in 2020: Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th

Posted on: December 19, 2019

Carnegie Hall has announced its complete schedule of “Beethoven Celebration” events in 2020, with more than 58 artists and ensembles performing in New York City and elsewhere from January to June 2020. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will begin the year with an evening of American poetry and Beethoven recordings (January 3) that incorporates manuscripts and rare recordings from the library’s collections. At Carnegie Hall, there will be two complete symphony cycles, the first in February 2020 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the second in March and April 2020 by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie will perform an all-Beethoven program (March 5), and a lecture series will feature a discussion with Carnegie Hall Debs Composer’s Chair Jörg Widmann (March 29). The Beethoven Celebration year will end at Carnegie Hall on December 6 with “All Together: A Global Ode to Joy,” a global project recasting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as a 21st-century call for unity, justice, and empowerment, led by conductor Marin Alsop. Read Symphony magazine’s cover story examining Beethoven’s role in contemporary society.