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Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday at Seattle Chamber Music’s Winter Festival

Jan 07, 2020

Fortunately, the end of the holiday season does not mean the end of beautiful music in Seattle. The 2020 Seattle Chamber Music Winter Festival brings delightful scores and meaningful performances to Benaroya, January 17th through the 26th, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

The festival will feature weekend performances, open rehearsals, interviews, master classes, a family concert and more. Opening weekend of the festival the Ehnes Quartet will perform the first half of Beethoven’s string quartets. These three performances will each feature a work from the three eras of Beethoven’s life- from his early period, development into his middle period, and finishing with his final works. The second weekend will bring to life violin sonatas by Greig and Mozart, piano trios by Schubert and Ravel, and both of Brahms’ string quartets. The festival will conclude with a powerful concerti by J.S. Bach.

Guests can either purchase a subscription which includes tickets to the full series (6 concerts), or individual performance tickets at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival website.

Along with performances, the festival will also include: 

Preview Lecture: Prior to the festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society and Town Hall will present a discussion on the “immortal” string quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Diving deeper into the composition of these pieces and highlighting his favorite passages, musicologist and author of Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener’s Companion, Geoffrey  Block will lead the conversation on January 12th at 2pm at Town Hall in Seattle. Learn more here.

Open Rehearsals: Take a peek behind the curtain at open rehearsals. You’ll get an inside look as the musicians prepare for their concerts. Listen in on Beethoven’s String Quartet January 18th, and Brahm’s String Quartet, Op. 88 on January 24th. Both rehearsals are held at 1:15 pm at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya, vary in length depending on the musician’s needs, and are open to the public.

Classical Conversations: The festival will once again include classical conversations, a discussion with Festival musicians led by Classical KING-FM’s host Dave Beck. These informal conversations go beyond the music and can be enjoyed live January 18th and 24th at 1pm (with location TBD at the time of this article’s publishing, check here for updates) or on the Classical Conversation podcast here.

Family Concert: One of the festival highlights is the Family Concert. Designed for children ages 5 to 10 years old, this season’s concert is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that inspired Disney’s Frozen. The concert will be performed on January 25th at 11am. Get details and purchase tickets here.

There is so much to experience and enjoy at Seattle Chamber Music’s Winter Festival. See the complete artist line-up, learn more and get tickets here.

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