Concerts from the Library of Congress

NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 17, 2020

Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven. c1870. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

 

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Takacs Quartet program PDF

 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Concerts from the Library of Congress has developed a series of ear-opening encounters with all nine symphonies, presented in solo, duo and chamber versions. Due to the pandemic we have decided to offer our Beethoven programming virtually, so you can expect to see a constellation of online content built around the cynosure of Beethoven’s music, from performances and lectures to conversations and essays.

Explore Beethoven in the Library's collection with our new resource:
Beethoven: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Join us for our Fall/Winter Beethovents, brought to you in large part through the generosity of our donors, and keep an eye out for additional content:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 at 8PM

Takács Quartet

Highlights include a performances of the Quartet in A minor, op. 132, and a book talk on “Beethoven for a Later Age” by Edward Dusinberre, violinist and author.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020 at 8PM

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 (arr. flute, piano trio by Hummel) and Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92 (arr. wind nonet by Sedlak).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 at 8PM

Borromeo String Quartet with Nicholas Cords, viola

The program features a selection from Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92: II (anon. arr. string quintet); Symphony no. 8 in F major, op. 93 (anon. arr. string quintet); Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130; and, Grosse Fuge, op. 133.
“Expression Marks in Beethoven’s Hand: Discovering New Layers in op. 130 and the Grosse Fuge”
Lecture by Nicholas Kitchen, violinist

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 at 8PM

ZOFO piano duo

Symphony no. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60 (arr. piano duo by Scharwenka)
Symphony no. 6 in F major, op. 68 (arr. piano duo by Czerny)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER, 11, 2020 at 8PM

Adam Golka, pianist, and the Verona String Quartet

Sonata in B-flat major, “Hammerklavier,” op. 106
Sonata in B-flat major, “Hammerklavier,” op. 106 (arr. string quartet by Plylar)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 at 8PM

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, piano duo

Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 (arr. two pianos by Liszt)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 at 8PM

Christopher Taylor, piano

Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)
Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)
Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)

All events for the 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be presented virtually.
Be sure to check this page for additional content, including conversations with the artists, program notes, links to Library resources and more!