Beethoven: Innovator - A 250th Celebration

Beethoven: Innovator - A 250th Celebration


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Join us for an inspiring three-day festival in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. We invite you to explore some of his most innovative works with pianist Dr Robert Taub, Music Director, The Arts Institute, the Ruisi Quartet and composer Jonathan Dawe.

“Who makes the rules!”
- Beethoven to his friend Ferdinand Ries when the latter questioned the parallel fifths in the String Quartet in C minor, Op.18 no.4.

In this special festival Robert and guest artists will perform works that Beethoven spent many years composing, and which challenged accepted expectations of audiences of his time. Listen as our internationally acclaimed performers animate the dancing black dots on the pages of some of Beethoven's most personal and transcendent works.
As part of the festival we are also delighted to invite you to the world premiere of a new piece composed by Jonathan Dawe. Commissioned by The Arts Institute, Jonathan has selected Beethoven’s musical sketches for his last String Quartet, Op.135, and created a new composition for string quartet that brings these sketches to life through musical lenses of our 21st Century.


4 March, 19:30
Music Forum: Beethoven and his sketchbooks
An informal lecture and music demonstration with Dr Robert Taub and renowned composer Jonathan Dawe

5 March, 19:30
Concert: Beethoven Piano Sonatas
• Piano Sonata Op.2 no.1
• Piano Sonata Op.53 Waldstein
• Piano Sonata Op.111
Dr Robert Taub, piano

6 March, 19:30
Concert: Ruisi Quartet
• Beethoven String Quartets Op.59 no.1
• Jonathan Dawe, world premiere, based on Beethoven's sketches for Op. 135
• Beethoven String Quartets Op. 135
Alessandro Ruisi, violin; Oliver Cave, violin; Luba Tunnicliffe, viola; Max Ruisi, cello

Tickets to experience the festival online via YouTube live-stream are now available.
We look forward to welcoming live audiences once again to our concerts, and will continue to assess the possibility of safe in-person attendance in line with COVID-19 government guidelines, for the festival.

Free to access online. Book your place via The Arts Institute website.

Plymouth University (Roland Levinsky Arts Building)

  • Roland Levinsky Building
  • Plymouth University
  • Plymouth
  • PL4 8AA

01503 263090

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