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Indiana University Jacobs School of Music planning Beethoven 2020 celebration

Nov. 19, 2019

The Pacifica Quartet will perform Beethoven's complete string quartet cycle.

The Pacifica Quartet will perform Beethoven's complete string quartet cycle.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As Indiana University celebrates its Bicentennial Year, it will also join the world in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven -- one of the world's favorite composers.

The IU Jacobs School of Music will commemorate this momentous occasion by presenting robust Beethoven programming throughout 2020, and beyond, including student performances of all of his concertos and all piano sonatas.

Numerous additional Beethoven works will be performed by Jacobs School of Music faculty, students and guests. That includes the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in residence, performing the composer's complete string quartet cycle. The group presented the first of three 2019-20 concerts in October and will present the remaining three during the 2020-21 academic year.

Amidst the repertoire anticipating the international celebration next year, the Jacobs Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Overture to "Egmont," Op. 54 at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Musical Arts Center. Former faculty member David Neely, music director and principal conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, will return to guest conduct this free concert, which will also include pieces by Mazzoli and Tchaikovsky.

The school presented Beethoven's first and fifth symphonies earlier this year and continues to develop programming in observation of Beethoven 2020, a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

Linda Cajigas
Assistant Director of Communications
IU Jacobs School of Music
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