January 10 – May 24, 2020
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The San Diego Symphony kicks-off the New Year— with its fifth annual January festival entitled, “Beethoven: Iconoclast, Innovator, Genius”, which celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday. Discover the power of Beethoven this season as the SD Symphony presents his most iconic masterpieces with a variety of can’t-miss concerts.
- JAN 10, 11, 12 | Emanuel Ax: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 The Beethoven Festival begins! Seven-time Grammy®-winning pianist Emanuel Ax will take the stage to reveal the surprising delight of Ludwig van Beethoven’s first (published) piano concerto.
- JAN 17, 18 | Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 Join renowned principal guest conductor Edo de Waart on a journey through three monumental works.
- JAN 24, 25 | Beethoven’s Pastoral From the powerful and expressive strains of Egmont to the natural beauty of the Pastoral, experience Ludwig van Beethoven’s mastery of musical drama.
- FEB 9 | Beethoven the Music Genius [Family Concert]
Beethoven changed classical music forever — all while losing his hearing! At this family concert, wonderful facts about the life of this gifted innovator will be shared, as attendees enjoy pieces of his most famous music.
- FEB 14 | Love Me TonightWhether you’re single, falling in love for the first time or falling in love again, spend Valentine’s night celebrating Broadway’s greatest love songs sung by Broadway’s shining stars.
- FEB 15 | Beethoven vs. Coldplay Steve Hackman’s Beethoven vs. Coldplay transforms Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay. Many of the band’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including “Paradise” and “The Scientist.”
- FEB 25 | The Chieftains “The Irish Goodbye”The six-time Grammy Award winners have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale.
- FEB 28, 29 | Sibelius & RachmaninoffRevel in the majestic scope of Jean Sibelius’ only concerto and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most personal symphony written while he was in exile in Switzerland and America.