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!
Further on the plan was: 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!
Suddenly the Corona pandemic forced us to change further plans. Peoples lives and health have first priority! In the most demanding of times we were determined not to cancel any of the projects planned. We postpone them, and thereby let the musicians keep their jobs and our audiences still have great concerts to look forward to. And they’re worth waiting for!
That means that the Ode to joy! – the 9th symphony – will now be the turning point of the festival. During winter and spring 2021 Oslo String Quartet will play their concert, The Spring sonata will take place on May 9 in Stokke Church, B32 – with all the 32 Piano Sonatas played by Tor Espen Aspaas – during Whit weekend, May 21 till 24, and the Environmental Walk B 3 C for the younger generation and the Pastoral Project on June 5 – The World Environmental Day. Through what we experience these days, environmental matters have got a new dimension.
TO BEethoven – or not TO BEethoven then suddenly lasts for a year and a half. It’s nice to end the celebration of Beethoven’s 250 th anniversary with focus on him as a lover of nature and by visits of musicians from his two cities – Bonn and Wien!
We really believe in TO BE – and hope that our new plans remove all possibilities of – or not TO BE!
See programme below!
Beethoven’s string trios etc.
Andebu Church 18.00
Elise Båtnes, Louisa Tuck and Håvard Gimse
Beethoven’s piano trios etc.
Arnebergstuen, Midtåsen 18.00
Engegårdkvartetten and Eivind H. Ringstad
String quartets and quintets
Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms etc.
Den Grønne Sal, Scandic Park Sandefjord
*Friday 09.10 at 19.00 – Saturday 10.10 and Sunday 11.10 at 18.00
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Programme to be announced
Hjertnes kulturhus kl 18.00
Beethoven’s 9 th Symphoni
Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, choir and soloists
Hjertnes kulturhus kl 18.00
Ode to joy – for the younger generation!
250th Anniversary Celebration with soloists, choir and orchestra
Hjertnes kulturhus kl 19.00
The German Embassy, Oslo – The Austrian Embassy, Oslo – Scandic Park Sandefjord
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