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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 musical performances by artists from 12 countries performing hundreds of works including 37 world premieres, six Chicago premieres and a diverse range of programs from Bach to The Beatles and beyond.

The festival will officially start with our big bang Opening Night Festivities, on Saturday September 7:
Prometheus Baroque Ensemble and Chorus led by Matthias Pintscher
@ CHICAGO TEMPLE (77 W Washington Street)
Johann Sebastian Bach: SAINT-JOHN PASSION BWV 245 (Passio secundum Johannem)
Conductor: Maestro Matthias Pintscher
Chorus Director: Stephen Alltop
@ Merit (38 S Peoria Street)
Bring your own air of mystery / mask or unmask yourself as you wish
Black-Tie optional / Masquerade Chic
Opening Ball celebrating LOVE 2013 in all its facets
DJs: Rachel Monosov of Tel Aviv, Justin Orvis Steimer of Brooklyn, Seppe van Den Berghe of Ghent, Belgium,
Spencer Hutchinson of Chicago
Open Bar / Nibbles and Desserts
VIP Room (White Room)

To purchase tickets to the Opening Concert and The Ball, please click here. Space is limited!

This year’s Beethoven Festival is our most diverse yet. An extraordinary lineup of performing artists from Chicago and the world are coming together to collaborate, inspire, and explore the meaning of Beethoven, art and love in 2013. Many living composers, rockers, jazz and electronica artists will perform their works for the first time. This festival is all about creative collaboration – and that is how we have chosen to express our love this year. Although it’s a well-explored subject through the ages, LOVE does relate particularly well this year given how societal views are evolving on the concept of relationships, and it connects profoundly to Beethoven’s own story – most vividly in his passionate and beautiful letters to the ‘Immortal Beloved’. Love fuels the creative fire that artists need, and in our third annual festival we’re showcasing what drives artists to create and perform passionately at the highest level. The International Beethoven Project is growing a family of artists who are committed in this way, and who feel as strongly as we do about making Chicago, and the world, a better place through arts and culture.

Throughout the festival, acclaimed American artists such as Glenn Kotche of the band Wilco, the  International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)Lincoln Trio,  JACK Quartet,  Dal Niente New Music Ensemble, pianist Anthony Molinaro and GRAMMY® Award-winning harmonica player Howard Levy will be featured alongside international talent from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India,Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Music, visual art, fashion, performance art, dance, theatre, technology and education will be presented during LOVE 2013, headquartered at the  Merit School of Music in Chicago’s West Loop (38 S. Peoria Street)A free public preview and Art Opening for the festival will be held on the evening of Friday, September 6. Programming for LOVE 2013 uses Beethoven’s letters to the Immortal Beloved as thematic inspiration and jumping-off point to explore contemporary and evolving issues of passion, romance and relationships.

Among the international musical headliners for LOVE 2013 is heralded composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher, music director of Paris’ Ensemble InterContemporain, who returns as LOVE 2013 Artist-in-Residence after conducting the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in 2012 for the Chicago premiere of Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus ballet. This year, Pintscher will conduct three full programs, including the Festival’s Opening Concert of Bach’s Saint-John Passion; his two further concerts will feature Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies, along with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Overture to Tristan and Isolde, Mozart’s Gran Partita and Pintscher’s own Songs from Solomon’s Garden.

Alongside Matthias Pintscher, musical headliners for LOVE 2013 include festival performances with renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley, Montreal-based cellist Matt Haimovitz and Swiss violinist Rachel Kolly d’Alba; operatic soprano Arianna Zukerman in concert with pianist George Lepauw; jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer; the Chicago solo debut of 21-year-old Indian Carnatic violinist Ambi Subramaniam; the Chicago premiere of British/Dutch violinist Daniel Rowland; internationally renowned lutenist Hopkinson Smith; and Chicago’s own cello prodigy Gabriel Cabezas. LOVE 2013 will also continue the Late Night Bach Project, a Beethoven Festival tradition that brings Bach selections for keyboard, strings and small ensemble to audiences through the middle of the night.

In addition to this vast array of musical performances, LOVE 2013 will also incorporate extensive programming across visual art, performance art and fashion. For the third year in a row, a contemporary art collection will be commissioned specifically for the Beethoven Festival, including a core group of Chicago-based artists. Israeli artist Rachel Monosov joins the festival as artist-in-residence and designer of this year’s posters, and will produce a site-specific performance piece mixing video, still images and music. Throughout the festival, emerging Chicago fashion designers’ work will be highlighted in unique events as well as in collaboration with musicians.

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche is among the rock artists contributing to LOVE 2013. In addition to a world premiere cello/percussion piece he is writing to perform with former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeff Ziegler, he is heading up the festival’s “Rockatelle Project” with Fulcrum Point New Music Project‘s Joe Darnaby: a commissioning project in which folk, rock and electronic acts from across the U.S. will write songs based on themes from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The project is a companion to the festival’s “Bagatelle Project,” headed by Mischa Zupko, in which composers write piano pieces on the same theme. Together, these projects will result in 30 world premieres.

General admission and VIP tickets for Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013 are on sale now. One-day festival open seating passes begin at $30, and daily VIP reserved seating passes at $75; five-day VIP passes are $275 and include prime reserved seating at performances.

Free admission will be offered on an as-available basis at the door only to students with ID and proof of social media posting about LOVE 2013 on Facebook and/or Twitter (#notjustbeethoven). Additional International Beethoven Project membership packages, including an all-access festival pass and additional VIP experiences, begin at $300. Single tickets for the Masquerade of LOVE opening night ball begin at $75. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 312-772-5821 or visit

Click here to view the full schedule of performances. 

We will be updating you regularly on various aspects of the project over the next few weeks. Please spread the word!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you in person very soon!


Your IBP Team

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