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    Why We Celebrate Beethoven’s Birthday

    Dear Friends, Today marks the beginning of IBP’s celebration of Beethoven’s Birthday Month, which we have been doing annually since 2010. Today is also #GivingTuesday, the new national campaign encouraging people all over to contribute to non-profits they care about in the wake of the …

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    A Letter From Paris

    The horrendous attacks on Paris last week, the second time in less than a year, hit me hard. I consider myself lucky: but for a last minute change of plans, whisking me away from Paris, I would have spent Friday evening, November 13th, in the …

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    2020 City of Culture Initiative

    International Beethoven Project announces “2020 City of Culture” Initiative CHICAGO (December 16, 2014) —The International Beethoven Project (IBP), led by Founder, President and Artistic Director George Lepauw, released details today about its “2020 City of Culture” Initiative, inspired by Beethoven’s legacy as artist, promoter of …

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    Beethoven Birthday Month

    Beethoven Birthday Month 2014 The goals of this special month are to have fun, raise awareness, and crowdfund, and we are calling on your participation to make this even more fulfilling! Beyond the official events listed below, we are opening up a new way for …

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    UnFestival: Walkabout Fundraising Season Kickoff

    Following our announcement of the cancellation of Beethoven Festival 2014, we are launching a major fundraising campaign on Sunday, September 7th, 5pm to past midnight, at the beautiful West Loop venue Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine (free parking in the venue’s lot and on …

  • UnFestival: Walkabout

    Dear Friends of the International Beethoven Project and Beethoven Festival, With a heavy heart, I am announcing the cancellation of the planned 4th annual Beethoven Festival: WALKABOUT 2014, which was to occur September 5-21 throughout Chicago’s many neighborhoods. In its place, we are announcing UnFestival: …

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    Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved: Part III

    PART 3. Good morning, on July 7 (or, “Steady, Happy Love”) “…my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly…” Maybe you’ve confronted some of the ways that happiness and unhappiness can intertwine in loving a person: I miss …

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    Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved: Part II

    PART 2. Evening, Monday, July 6 (or, “Love, Firm as Heaven”) “Is not our love truly a heavenly structure, and also as firm as the vault of Heaven?” Of firm things, the vault of Heaven might not be the first to come to mind. Grips, …

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    Spotlight on Chris Silva

    What’s your medium? I think I have to consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist at this point. From my foundation of graffiti art and skateboarding (which I see as sort of an art/sport) I have been consistently adding new mediums and methods to my process. I …

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    Spotlight on Jason Hawk

    What’s your medium? I work primarily with metals; steel, bronze, aluminum etc. and recently plastics and concrete have been showing up in my work. Are you from Chicago? I have been living in Chicago for the last 7 years, I’m originally from Vermont but have …

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