The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra joins the worldwide celebrations marking Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020 with a series of concerts and events.

Beethoven 250 will be a fantastic festival within the Festival.  As part of the series of events, the APO has invited four New Zealand composers to respond to Beethoven's music performed by APO Young Achievers, and to accompany these performances, guest speakers will offer their perspectives on Beethoven's life and legacy.

Ludwig Reflected #1
Monday 23 March 6.00pm
Gillian Whitehead New work in response to Beethoven’s late string quartets
Beethoven Grosse Fuge (from the String Quartet Op.133)
In the last few years of his life, Beethoven concentrated on string quartets to the exclusion of almost all else. Most of his contemporaries thought these late quartets incomprehensible. Dame Gillian Whitehead disagrees, answering Beethoven’s rarefied questions with her own new utterance.

Ludwig Reflected #2
Wednesday 25 March 6.00pm
Chris Gendall New work in response to Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.70 No.2
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.70 No.2
The infinitely lyrical violin and cello, versus the more mechanical piano: a combination of opposites? Beethoven thought not, saying ‘One can also sing with the pianoforte’. Chris Gendall has long experience writing for piano trio, and his new piece will be the perfect foil to Beethoven’s.

Ludwig Reflected #3
Friday 27 March 6.00pm
Celeste Oram and Alex Taylor New work – a collaborative work in collage in response to Beethoven’s complete oeuvre and legacy
Celeste Oram and Alex Taylor have frequently worked together, but this time they have a new collaborator – a sprightly 250-year-old by the name of Ludwig. Based on Beethoven’s music, this new piece promises to be a playful, theatrical and robustly provocative examination of Beethoven’s art and influence.

Ludwig Reflected events are free but space is limited. Register here


Performed by APO Young Achievers 

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