Gardiner to lead Beethoven cycle at Harris Theater in 2020

Tue Feb 19, 2019 at 3:19 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

John Eliot Gardiner will conduct the complete Beethoven symphonies at the Harris Theater in the 2019-2020 season.

Chicago audiences will have the chance to enjoy a Beethoven Battle of the Bands to mark the composer’s 250th birthday year.

The Harris Theater will present a complete Beethoven symphony cycle in 2020 from John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Gardiner’s 2017 cycle of Monteverdi’s three operas with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists at the Harris was a highlight of recent seasons.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced last month that Riccardo Muti will conduct a complete Beethoven cycle next season as well. While Muti’s Beethoven will be spread throughout the 2019-2020 season, Gardiner’s period-instrument cycle will take place over a week at the Harris, with five concerts from February 27-March 3, 2020.

The resident Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will return to Harris for four concert dates next season. 

The rest of the Harris 2019-2020 season is largely concentrated on dance with the balance of the classical lineup slender at best—just a chamber concert from violinist Michael Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble on February 19 and an evening from electronic crossover composer Max Richter on October 19.

For more details on the Harris Theater’s 2019-2020 season, go to

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