Seattle Symphony Moves Beethoven Festival Online

Seattle Symphony

The Digital Beethoven Fest will take place June 22–26 and will include panel discussions, performances, and family programming to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. 

Last year—before any of us had heard of the Corona virus—Seattle Symphony announced that they would be celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a festival. Originally planned to take place over three weeks this month, the festival would highlight all nine symphonies performed by the orchestra, as well as music created, inspired and performed by the community. 

The Beethoven Festival performances and events have, of course, been canceled as a result of COVID-19. However, the Seattle Symphony has announced that they will be presenting a Digital Beethoven Fest instead. The Symphony, led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, will offer hosted panel discussions with orchestra musicians and local artists and composers; the family program, Tiny Tots; and special Morning Notes performances throughout the week by members of the orchestra and partner artists.

All performances and programs will be available through Seattle Symphony’s  YouTube channel. 

Festival Schedule

Hosted Panel Discussion: Thomas Dausgaard & Paul Chiyokten Wagner

Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. 

Hosted Panel Discussion: Angelique Poteat, Megan McCormick & Christine Siegert

Wednesday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

Family Programming: Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots Beethoven’s Birthday

Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m.

Hosted Panel Discussion: Charles Corey & Mary Lynch

Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. 

More information can be found on Seattle Symphony’s website.