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Celebrate the 250th birthday of one of the greatest contributors to the arts — Ludwig van Beethoven — with Orchestra Miami’s Beethoven for Miami Festival.

The festival offers something for everyone with a variety of free and ticketed events, all available for livestream viewing or to attend in-person. Orchestra Miami is committed to bringing great music to everyone, so ticket prices are free or super-affordable — starting at just $5! 

Photo by Larry Shane Photography, courtesy of Orchestra Miami

Beethoven Lives Upstairs: Jan. 17, 2021

This two-person play with music is about Beethoven’s life and music, as told through letters between Christoph, a young boy living in Vienna, and his Uncle. Starring Melanie Caplan as “Christoph.” A.J. Ruiz as “Uncle,” the production is directed by Emmy Award winner David Grabarkewitz and accompanied by Orchestra Miami, conducted by Elaine Rinaldi.

Through a series of letters, dramatically underscored by Beethoven’s music performed by Orchestra Miami, Christoph slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of the music.

The event will be at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest, FL 33156. In-person tickets are just $5 for kids (ages 3-17), $12 for Seniors and $15 for adults. Please note that masks will be required to be properly worn at all times to enter Pinecrest Gardens and the audience will be limited to 150 guests. Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl is an outdoor venue.

Online livestream tickets are available for $15 per household. Online tickets are per household and all-inclusive. No need to purchase additional tickets for family members as long as everyone is sitting around the same screen. Tickets and information are available at https://www.orchestramiami.org/beethoven-lives-upstairs .

Previous performances

The festival began Nov. 1 with Symphony Sundays, an exploration of the first eight of Beethoven’s nine symphonies in the piano four-hand arrangements. Concerts are each Sunday at 4 p.m. These concerts are free and available to view via Zoom or on Orchestra Miami’s Facebook page. Drs. Paul Posnak and Anita Castiglione inaugurate the series with the Symphony N. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.

On Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Orchestra Miami is excited to present Beethoven on the Beach: Pastorale, a FREE livestream event broadcast live from the North Beach Bandshell. This concert features the 38 musicians of Orchestra Miami, conducted by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi, performing Beethoven’s atmospheric Pastoral Symphony N. 6 Op. 68 in F Major and Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, with up-and-coming Uzbeki violinist Askar Salimdjanov as the soloist.

The festival continues with three intimate Chamber Music Events in three beautiful locations. These concerts are now free, with donations requested for the live performance and registration required for the livestream:

Program 1: “Time for Three,” on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m., is presented in the majestic sanctuary of Corpus Christi Church in Miami. Enjoy one of Beethoven’s most enduring chamber works — the “Archduke” Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 97, alongside a fantastic, rarely performed Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 44 for Piano, Cello & Clarinet by Louise Farrenc.

Program 2: “Beethoven’s Voice,” at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Coral Gables Museum, is an evening of Beethoven’s lesser-known vocal works sung by two internationally acclaimed opera stars, Elaine Alvarez, soprano and Chad Johnson, tenor.

Program 3: “Sixes & Sevens,” on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, presents outstanding soloists from Orchestra Miami performing Beethoven’s Horn Sextet in E Flat Major, Op. 81b along with the great Septet in E Flat Major, Op. 20.

The Beethoven for Miami Festival is made possible by generous grants from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Foundation, the State of Florida, the Kirk Foundation, the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Salon Group, the Tonkinson Foundation and by private donors.

The Beethoven For Miami Festival continues in 2021, with events to be announced. Tickets and complete information can be found at www.OrchestraMiami.org or by calling (305) 274-2103.

Beethoven for Miami Festival 2020 Events

Symphony Sundays

This series of online performances features the four-hand piano arrangements of the first eight of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. Sundays at 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 1. Tune in on Zoom or listen via Orchestra Miami’s Facebook Page. Complete information and Zoom registration can be found at https://www.orchestramiami.org/symphony-sundays .

  • Nov. 1: Symphony N. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, performed by Dr. Paul Posnak & Dr. Anita Castiglione
  • Nov. 15: Symphony N. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, performed by Elaine Rinaldi and Don Cannarozzi
  • Nov. 22: Symphony N. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, performed by Elaine Rinaldi & Gregory Buchalter
  • Nov. 29: Symphony N. 4 in B Flat Major, Op. 60, performed by Duo Beaux Arts
  • Dec. 6: Symphony N. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, performed by Jared Peroune & Paul Schwartz
  • Dec. 13: Symphony N. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, performed by Duo Beaux Arts
  • Dec. 20 This event has been postponed to Jan. 10, 2021: Symphony N. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, performed by Caren Levine and Jared Peroune
  • Dec. 27: Symphony N. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, performers TBD

Beethoven Lives Upstairs: Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens (This event has been postponed to Jan. 17, 2021)

This two-person play with music is about Beethoven’s life and music, as told through letters between Christoph, a young boy living in Vienna, and his Uncle. Starring Melanie Caplan as “Christoph.” A.J. Ruiz as “Uncle,” the production is directed by Emmy Award winner David Grabarkewitz and accompanied by Orchestra Miami, conducted by Elaine Rinaldi.

Through a series of letters, dramatically underscored by Beethoven’s music performed by Orchestra Miami, Christoph slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of the music.

The event will be at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest, FL 33156. In-person tickets are just $5 for kids (ages 3-17), $12 for Seniors and $15 for adults. Please note that masks will be required to be properly worn at all times to enter Pinecrest Gardens and the audience will be limited to 150 guests. Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl is an outdoor venue.

Online livestream tickets are available for $15 per household. Online tickets are per household and all-inclusive. No need to purchase additional tickets for family members as long as everyone is sitting around the same screen. Tickets and information are available at https://www.orchestramiami.org/beethoven-lives-upstairs .

Beethoven on the Beach: Pastorale, a livestream event, Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

Orchestra Miami presents a live performance from the North Beach Bandshell, featuring Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony N. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 with Uzbeki violinist Askar Salimdjanov, soloist. This is a free concert, viewable live on Orchestra Miami’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/OrchestraMiami as well as on the North Beach Bandshell’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/northbeachbandshell .

Chamber Music Concerts (Free)

Program 1: Time for Three. Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3220 NW 7 Ave., Miami, 33127. The program includes Beethoven’s  “Archduke” Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 97, alongside a fantastic, rarely performed Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 44 for Piano, Cello & Clarinet by Louise Farrenc. Performed by Mei Mei Luo, Violinist, Richard Hancock, Clarinet, Aaron Merritt, Cello with Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi on the piano.

Program 2: Beethoven’s Voice. Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134. The program includes rarely performed vocal works by Beethoven performed by internationally acclaimed opera stars Elaine Alvarez, soprano and Chad Johnson, tenor, accompanied by Elaine Rinaldi on the piano.

Program 3: Sixes & Sevens. Saturday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. at the Coral Gables Women’s Club, 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134. The program includes Beethoven’s joyous Sextet in E Flat Major, Op. 81b and Beethoven’s masterpiece Septet in E Flat Major, Op. 20, performed by soloists from Orchestra Miami.

These concerts are now free. Donations will be requested at the door, and livestream free viewing requires registration.

Please note that in order to attend in-person, guests will be required to properly wear a mask at all times, and venues will limit attendance to accommodate social distancing practices. 

For complete program schedule and information on how to purchase tickets or view a livestream, please visit www.orchestramiami.org or call (305) 274-2103.

Photo by Larry Shane Photography, courtesy of Orchestra Miami

ABOUT ORCHESTRA MIAMI

Founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami exists to build community through music, and is successfully fulfilling its mission of bringing affordable concerts of quality symphonic music to all people in Miami-Dade County. Orchestra Miami’s goal is to provide people opportunities to experience art, build community, and educate through music.

Orchestra Miami’s signature programs include its “Beethoven on the Beach” free outdoor concerts, its “Discover Miami Through Music” series, its many collaborations with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and its Family Fun Concert Series.

Orchestra Miami consists of a select group of professional musicians, all permanent residents of South Florida, whose collective body is unparalleled in terms of excellence and experience. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami continues to exceed expectations in terms of programming and artistic quality. For more information, please visit our website at www.OrchestraMiami.org.

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