- Birthday Bash
The Chicago-based International Beethoven Project (IBP) is pleased to announce that it has selected Chaz Ebert, iconic Chicagoan and CEO of Ebert Digital, LLC (publisher of RogerEbert.com), to receive its fifth Beethoven Spirit Award. The decision was made in recognition of Ms. Ebert’s long-standing commitment to promoting justice through the arts, highlighting important voices in film, supporting emerging talent, and being a model citizen of Chicago and of the world through her many personal and philanthropic engagements. Ms. Ebert is a humanist whose focus on using the arts to make the world better and more compassionate aligns with Beethoven’s spirit of courage, creativity, and compassion.
The International Beethoven Project is excited to announce the 10th annual Beethoven Birthday Bash celebration in honor of the composer’s 249th birthday, December 13-16, 2019. 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.
The Chicago-based International Beethoven Project is thrilled to announce that it has selected Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) of the City of Chicago, to receive its fourth Beethoven Spirit Award on December 16th. The decision was made in recognition of Mr. Kelly’s long, distinguished, and creative career in the arts and education, and for his continued enthusiasm and belief in the value of art for all. Like Beethoven, Mark Kelly is a humanist who believes in the power of the creative spirit to help make the world more peaceful, socially cohesive, and to help bring out the best in all of us. The strength of Mark Kelly’s convictions has helped bring Chicago, along with thousands of people he has directly influenced and inspired, closer to Beethoven's ideal of “universal brotherhood”.