Music 250 Years of BEETHOVEN – An Exuberance in 2020

250 Years of BEETHOVEN © Goethe Institut and ©bthvt 2020

Fri, 11.12.2020 -
Thu, 17.12.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

No.4 5th Street, Rutland Gate
600 006 Chennai

A virtual Musical Week celebrating the Titan & Icon of Western Classical Music

Music is a universal language that transcends all cultural borders. This is not just a popular narrative about the humanitarian and unifying power of music, but it has its origin as an effective Symbol even in the last verse of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony from whose whirling Pull the Utopia arose, that all humans should be united and to be loved by the whole world ever since its Premiere in 1824 in Wien. It was indeed further glorified as the human gospel of the arts of the future and as the key to the aesthetic master-plan for a collective artwork.

In 2020 Germany joins the entire world in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. In a unique cooperative venture the Beethoven Anniversary Society has been officially formed in order to coordinate this important jubilee and to publicise it beneath the umbrella brand BTHVN2020.

The goals of the Beethoven Jubilee are to communicate Beethoven’s music, to strengthen and promote innovative projects and to enhance Bonn’s image as the city of Beethoven. The wide-ranging events of the Jubilee will offer magnificent musical experiences in various forms of projects throughout the year 2020.  Whether in concerts or exhibitions, operas or ballet and theatre productions or symposia and outreach programmes, Beethoven’s music will be illuminated from a great many different perspectives, from historically informed performances to contemporary cultural activities.

The Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is an exclusive website founded in 2008 which transmits the concerts of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to the internet for registered users across the globe to access on demand.

The Berlin Philharmonic has done pioneering work by establishing this institution through which the concerts can be streamed live in high-definition video and excellent audio quality and can be accessed in the concert archive of the Digital Concert Hall later.
It is indeed an unbelievable experience to welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home, on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from the archives.

One can enjoy the great conductors and soloists of our time, hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades and exciting documentaries and artist portraits.

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, the official cultural institution of Germany worldwide will be collaborating with the organisations BTHVN2020 Beethoven Anniversary Society, Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from Germany and with Anil Srinivasan Indian Pianist, composer and music educationist in curating, conceptualizing and presenting a diverse assortment of virtual music events on the official website and social media platforms.

250 Years of BEETHOVEN – An Exuberance in 2020
A virtual Musical Week celebrating the Titan & Icon of Western Classical Music

The multifaceted virtual musical week will present a wide range of interesting digital events offering magnificent musical experiences of the still live and striking Beethoven such as:
  • animated Info-Posters on Beethoven
  • Music Videos
  • Virtual Exhibitions
  • Concerts
  • Piano Recitals (Classical & Improvisational)
  • Symphony & Natural Orchestra
  • Music DJ Sets
  • Digital Showcases
  • Instrumental Convergence
  • Grand Finale Piano Concert & Lecture Demonstration
Detailed program and schedule (will be available soon)
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai will also be conducting ‘Be Music BEEs 2020’, a Western Music Contest for South Asian Musicians on this occasion to encourage and involve musicians at large to revel in the music of Beethoven and to reveal their musical talents.

Musicians (instrumentalists) professionally trained in Western Classical Music from the South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) are welcome to present their talent and participate in ‘Be Music BEEs 2020’ music contest in one of the following categories:
  • Inspired amateur BEEs (less than 5 years of training /performing)– 3 to 8 mins rendering of your favorite Beethoven’s composition
  • Inspired professional BEEs (well trained and performing)– 3 to 8 mins rendering of your favorite Beethoven’s composition
  • Versatile BEEs – 3 to 8 mins rendering of your creative interpretation of Beethoven’s composition
Winners are to be selected by an international jury of experts and will be awarded exciting prizes.
Detailed Information on ‘Be Music BEEs 2020’ @

The lead to the virtual musical week will be

‘Inspired Music BEEs’ – Piano Recitals by professional western classical musicians, Indian Pianists and other Instrumentalists as video showcases.
The Grand Finale to this virtual musical week celebrating Beethoven will be ‘An Evening with Beethoven’ – A musical, historical and emotional walk-through Beethoven’s Works by Anil Srinivasan. This will be a combination of Piano Rendering of selected Beethoven’s works, a narrative of the Nine Symphonies of Beethoven with clippings from Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, an interactive session linking the romanticism of Beethoven’s music to the ‘Rasanubhava’ of Indian classical music, ending with a Musical Finale of ‘Ode to Joy’ by a children’s choir.

Beethoven’s signature BTHVN2020 thus reveals himself as Bonn Cosmopolitan, Titanic-Composer, Humanitarian, Visionary and Nature-lover that makes him still always live and striking and Goethe-Institut Chennai shares this exuberance of ‘The Kiss of the whole World’ with the joy of music universally.