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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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    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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    Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved: Part I

    PART 1. July 6, in the morning (or, “Love’s Demands”) “My angel, my all, my very self –” So Beethoven begins the first of three parts comprising the letter to his Immortal Beloved. In a lyrical line to this beloved woman he writes, “Love demands …

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    LOVE 2013 Art Show

    EVER OURS: The LOVE 2013 Art Show SEPTEMBER 6 – 15, 2013 Free Opening Reception: First Friday, Sept. 6th, 6-10pm Merit School Of Music 38 S Peoria St. Ludwig van Beethoven’s last words to his Immortal Beloved, “ever ours,” foreshadow his eternal life as muse. …

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    Art Opening

    Get a preview of Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013 a day before the festival begins! Friday, September 6th at noon, PianoForte Salon Series Live on WFMT presents a performance by pianist Anthony Molinaro. Then at 6pm join us for Art Love, the opening party for the …

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    Letter from the IBP Team

    Dear Friends of the International Beethoven Project, The final countdown to Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013 has begun! Today marks the opening of our Festival Pass sales, as well as the release of our full schedule of performances. LOVE 2013 includes 100 cross-disciplinary events in 9 days, with more than 60 …

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