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You are cordially invited to attend a private musical evening

In support of IBP’s 10th Season and 8th annual

Beethoven Birthday Bash

At the beautiful home of Loretta Julian

840 N. Lake Shore Drive, Unit 701, Chicago

(entrance at 290 E. Pearson)


Friday, December 15th, 2017, 6pm to 9pm


Welcoming IBP Artist-in-Residence

Thomas Mesa

international concert cellist, winner of the 2016 Sphinx Competition


with greetings by Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Herbert Quelle


Music of Beethoven and Debussy


With pianist George Lepauw


Hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine


$150 per person


Response kindly requested by December 12th

(event capacity for 30 guests only)


Please send your R.S.V.P. with your tax-deductible payment to the

International Beethoven Project: PO Box 14149, Chicago, IL 60614

Or buy a ticket here 

Phone/Email RSVP or Questions?

Call 312.772.5821 or email



Thomas Mesa, 2017-18 IBP Artist-in-Residence

“Mesa’s playing had a musical intensity that was commanding in every detail…”—New York Concert Review.


Cuban-American Thomas Mesa was the top prizewinner at the 2016 Sphinx, 2013 Thaviu, and 2006 Alhambra Orchestra Concerto competitions. Upcoming, he performs as concerto soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Recent and upcoming recital engagements include those for the Mainly Mozart Festival, Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Heifetz Institute, and the International Beethoven Project, among others. He enjoys ongoing collaborations with The Crossing, and appeared on the choir’s 2017 Grammy-nominated album Bonhoeffer. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Northwestern University, he is currently a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music.


Herbert Quelle

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. He is married and has two grown daughters. After school, military service, and university, he joined the Federal Foreign Office, then still in Bonn, in 1980. His postings abroad, at which he served in various functions, include Los Angeles, Pretoria, Havana, Warsaw, London, Baku and Boston. In Baku he served as Ambassador. His attachment to the Consulate General in Boston was combined with a fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University. Herbert Quelle has been in Chicago since 2014. He is also an accomplished harmonica player and a published author.


George Lepauw (Founder of the International Beethoven Project)

“A prodigious pianist” (Chicago Tribune) recognized for his “singing tone” (New York Times), and someone who “likes to shake it up” (Chicago Tribune), George Lepauw is an artist and cultural activist who uses music and the arts to inspire and bring people together. Named Chicagoan of the Year (2012) for Classical Music (Chicago Tribune), George represents the ideal 21st century musician, intensely focused on his art and wholly engaged with the world. He began piano studies at the age of three in Paris with Aïda Barenboim, mother of Daniel Barenboim, and furthered his studies with Brigitte Engerer, Vladimir Krainev, Rena Shereshevskaya, Ursula Oppens, and Earl Wild, among others. He has degrees from Georgetown University (Literature and History), and from Northwestern University (Piano Performance). George is a frequent speaker and guest teacher at universities as well as on radio and television. He recently recorded Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and hosts a podcast on the arts called Through The Stage Door. Visit for more information.


Support IBP in the 2017-18 season


Mission: The International Beethoven Project serves and supports the most talented and creative artists through events and media in an effort to advance classical music and the arts as a force for good, inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s example as a deeply creative, courageous and compassionate artist.


We hope you will join us at this special event to hear great music in an intimate setting as well as hear about IBP’s current work. We have already begun planning for Beethoven’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2020, which presents a unique opportunity to capture the imagination of new generations of music lovers with Beethoven’s story and music. IBP will play a major role in these upcoming celebrations with the production of special events, festivals, and a variety of media.

Founded in 2008, IBP has already reached hundreds of thousands of people through its acclaimed festivals (“… of world-class importance”, Chicago Tribune), Beethoven Birthday Bashes, special events, and multimedia projects in Chicago, New York City, Bonn, Barcelona, and Paris. IBP’s signature approach to the arts has succeeded time and again in bringing new generations of audiences into the world of classical music. Working together with famous and emerging artists across all disciplines and musical genres, IBP has made its name through memorable one-of-a-kind events, commissions, recordings, and films, inspiring and connecting audiences of all ages across Chicago and beyond, and enriching our social fabric along the way. IBP serves as both a laboratory for artistic experiments and as a producer of unique events and media that serve to broaden the classical music audience.


Please consider a tax-deductible contribution (detailed benefits upon request):



Mechelen: $50  |  Bonn: $100  |  Vienna: $150                                 

Member: $300  |  Membership for Two: $450             

VIP Member: $500  |  VIP Membership for Two: $750   



Donor levels named after Beethoven’s most important patrons


Waldstein    –    $1,500 +  |  Brentano     –    $3,000 +

Lichnowsky  –  $5,000 +  |  Lobkowitz   –   $10,000 +

Kinsky      –      $15,000 +  |  Razumovsky  –  $20,000 +