Quincy Jones and Max Richter to premiere new music at Beethoven's 250th birthday bash


Beethoven is the most frequently performed of all classical composers. He was also a radical artist who constantly reinvented himself, and expanded the boundaries of music. Photo: Handout

Classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven will get a big birthday bash on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The Grammy Award-winning American music producer Quincy Jones and German-British composer and pianist Max Richter will premiere new music to celebrate the occasion.

The Beethoven Anniversary Society announced recently that two concerts will be streamed online, as part of the BTHVN2020 festivities to celebrate the composer's birth.

On Dec 17, 3.30am (Malaysian time), audiences around the world can tune into Magenta Musik 360 and BTHVN 2020 websites free-of-charge for Beethoven Night Powered By Telekom - a concert by conductor Dirk Kaftan and Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, a symphony orchestra in based in Bonn, Germany, where Beethoven was born in 1770.

The concert will mark the world premieres of Ode To Joy, a composition by Jones and Opus 2020, a composition by Richter. The show will feature guests such as soul singer Joy Denalane, pianist Olga Pashchenko and cabaret artist Sarah Bosetti.

On Dec 18, 3.15am (Malaysian time), a top-notch cast of the renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will play in the Bonn Opera House. The programme includes Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto in C Minor op. 37 and the Symphony No. 5 in C Minor op. 67.

Audiences can catch the anniversary concert on BTHVN 2020, or the Google Arts & Culture YouTube channel.

The celebrations of BTHVN2020, a landmark year for Beethoven lovers, has been extended until September next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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