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Beethoven’s Birthday


8th Annual


December 14th-17th

The International Beethoven Project is proud to have been celebrating Beethoven’s birthday every December since his 240th birthday, December 16th, 2010!

We are fast approaching 2020, the year of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, which we plan to lead in celebrating Beethoven’s legacy, the whole genre of classical music, and inspired creativity for a whole new generation! Join us as we begin to build up excitement.

At this year’s events, we are thrilled to introduce IBP’s new artist-in-residence, international and prize-winning Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa, who lives in New York City.

Thomas Mesa

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm

Thomas Mesa will perform at the Lincoln Belmont branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose (Free)


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2017:

Private fundraising event, downtown Chicago, 6pm-9pm

With cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist George Lepauw, with introductory words by Consul General Herbert Quelle of Federal Republic of Germany

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm

A Grand Celebration of Beethoven’s 247th Birthday

FINE ARTS BUILDING, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

CURTISS HALL (10th Floor)

A celebration in 2 sets: 5:30pm and 7pm, and birthday cake too!

Music featured include Beethoven’s Opus 69 Cello Sonata, Eb Variations, and Opus 78 Piano Sonata, and more!

Thomas Mesa, cello; George Lepauw, piano; and surprises!

General Admission Tickets: $30

VIP Tickets: $50

Students, Musicians, Artists: $5 (at the door only)

Buy tickets here


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 2017:

Performance by pianist George Lepauw, in a selection of several Beethoven Piano Sonatas, at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL, 2pm (free)


Ludwig van Beethoven was born December 16, 1770 in Bonn, and baptized the next day. Our goal is to make December 16th a global day of celebrating Beethoven with music and parties. IBP first began this tradition on December 16th, 2010, on the occasion of the master’s 240th birthday, in Chicago.