In 2010, the International Beethoven Project exploded into prime-time with a new piece by Beethoven—a work that no one in modern times had ever heard. The excitement spread across the globe in such a fury, that organizers couldn’t help but schedule more concerts. Last week the Beethoven Festival wrapped up its third season.
In spite of being a new organization, the International Beethoven Project has secured world-class artists, and an official “Beethoven Festival Week” designation from Chicago’s mayor’s office.
The overarching theme of the festival: the joy of discovery. This year’s festival, titled “Love 2013,” sported another Beethoven premiere, a love song, as well as some 37 new works (mostly by living composers, as opposed to that one auspicious exception); the music ranged from the Beatles to a new piece by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, to jazz, as well as standard classical repertoire. Founder George Lepauw’s nine-day festival included visual arts, lectures and videos as well.