Beethoven Festival to serve up another packed lineup with “love”

Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 8:28 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Beethoven Festival has announced a dizzying range of wall-to-wall musical events for next month’s festival, which will span 60 performances in nine days and include 37 world premieres. Among the premieres will be a newly discovered Beethoven song and a work for cello and percussion by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

Opening September 7 and running through the 15th, this year’s eclectic festival, titled “LOVE 2013,” will draw on a wide array of international and local musicians, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Lincoln Trio, JACK Quartet, and Ensemble dal Niente.

Composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher will return to conduct three programs including Bach’s Saint John Passion, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Prelude to Tristan and Isolde; Mozart’s Gran Partita, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Pintscher’s Songs from Solomon’s Garden. Several Pintscher chamber works will also be performed by ICE and other festival artists.

After last year’s festival at the National Pastime Theater on a scruffy stretch of Lawrence Avenue in Uptown, the festival will move to more traditional digs at the Merit School of Music on the near west side.

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