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SPIRIT: the 249th Beethoven Birthday Bash

The International Beethoven Project is excited to announce the 10th annual Beethoven Birthday Bash celebration in honor of the composer’s 249th birthday. This multi-day event based in Chicago, and online throughout the world, will honor Beethoven the musician and the man through this season’s chosen theme: SPIRIT.


To celebrate Beethoven’s 249th birthday, this Beethoven Birthday Bash includes four exciting days of music, art, and merrymaking, and serves to kick-off the official world-wire Beethoven Year in celebration of the composers’s upcoming 250th birthday.




The Logan-square based Hairpin Arts Center will serve as the festivities’ primary venue from Friday December 13th through Sunday December 15th.


Preston Bradley Hall at the downtown Chicago Cultural Center will serve as the closing concert venue on Beethoven’s actual birthday, Monday December 16th, from 4-7pm. 


In addition to IBP’s main events are several educational outreach programs in Chicago Public Libraries and schools.



(program details coming soon)


Friday, December 13th, 8pm to midnight
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Live music (classical, jazz, more), dance/theater, visual art, surprises… with drink and food


Saturday, December 14th, 3pm to 1am
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Live music, art exhibit, theater, dance, film, talks, and more.

Sunday, December 15th, 3pm to 8pm
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Talks, live music, Bach48 film projection, youth and more



Monday, December 16th, 4pm to 7pm
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago

Main stage concert with pianist George Lepauw and friends

Beethoven Spirit Award Ceremony


VIP Options:

$150 for All-Bash Access (includes opening night, daily open bar, and priority seating)

$75 for Opening Night Only


Saturday General Admission:

Wet Package (1 Spirit Cocktail + wine/beer open bar): $30

Dry Access: $20


Sunday General Admission:

Wet Package (wine/beer open bar): $25

Dry Access: $15


Monday Admission: FREE


Reserve now by sending your check to 

International Beethoven Project

PO Box 14149

Chicago, ILLINOIS 60614

Or buy tickets on line here