Beethoven suffered the most serious fate a composer can experience – he became deaf. The opening ceremony of our festival will take place in the world’s first and only sensory church – the Tomaskirken at the centre for deaf people at Signo in Andebu. Symbolically this will be a very appropriate occasion – both for the deaf and the deaf-blind-born residents at Signo and the regular audience. Everyone will experience Beethoven’s music through the 54 vibrating elements that are built into the floor of the church.
The foremost Norwegian, international soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras will give us the best of Beethoven through the whole of 2020. Regional performers and young talents will also take part in the festival and spread lovely enthusiasm in our communities. Collaboration with musicians from Bonn and Vienna gives the festival an international character!
On the actual 250th birthday – the 16th of December – 250 youths studying Music-Dance-Drama at the upper secondary schools in the region will form the choir that perform Beethoven’s 9th symphony together with 4 top professional soloists and the Vestfold Symphony Orchestra. The younger generation shall lead the world and the culture life into the future – so let’s focus on them! When the soloist, the choir and the orchestra at the culmination of the last movement agree in: Alle Menschen werden Brüder – all humans are brothers – it’s really a symbolical act and wishful thinking for the future!