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Beethovenfest – Bonn, from September 9th to October 9th, 2011.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt, the Beethovenfest 2011 comes with the slogan: “Music for the future. Beethoven, Liszt and innovation in music. ” The festival offers a rich music program with over 70 orchestras that will perform on 20 different stages between Bonn and its surroundings.


In 1845 Franz Liszt arranged a three-day music festival on the Münsterplatz in Bonn, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. That was the very first edition of Beethovenfest, an event that offers every year the opportunity to enjoy one month of international music at the highest level.

The 2011 edition of Beethovenfest is dedicated to the innovative power of Liszt, influenced by that of Beethoven, which in turn was influenced by the work of artists like Wagner, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Kodály and many others.

The 2011 edition of Beethovenfest will start from the historic relationship between Liszt and what was the mid-nineteenth century avant-garde music, i.e. folk music: a great importance will be given to the Hungarian folk groups and musicians such as Ágnes Szakály, Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Sinti Philharmonic, the Gypsy Devils with Paul Gulda and Goran Bregovic.

During the festival, will perform other major international artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud and Murray Perahia, Arcadi Volodos, Christian Gerhaher and Elena Bashkirova, as well as the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra. The novelty of this edition is the contemporary music of Iraq, with the participation of Arab composer, Mohammed Amin Ezzat and the Kurdish Ali Authman.

For the Beethovenfest 2011 in Bonn will be made available almost 45 000 tickets for attending the program of 62 events in 24 venues in Bonn and its surroundings. Visit the website http://en.beethovenfest.de/home/

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