Beethovenfest Bonn 2017 - 8 September to 1 October

This will be the opening weekend of this year’s Beethoven Festival. There will again be all kinds of concerts and related events in the city as well as public screens and a grand open-air festival in the city center.

‘Conscious only of longing…’ Thus the lines that Beethoven set in his song cycle 'An die ferne Geliebte' (To the distant beloved). Longing and love are key words of the romantic era, and it was the 'classicist' Beethoven who, of course, opened the floodgates to romanticism. The festival will bring sterling soloists and ensembles to Bonn to speak of love and longing in all their myriad hues - intimate sentiments, grand emotions, timeless feelings, down to the present day.

Festival opening
The festival will open on 8 September with a concert by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the direction of its principal conductor Valery Gergiev featuring works by Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov and Ludwig van Beethoven. The matinee on the following day will feature two works that pay homage to the festival's 'distant beloved' motto: Ludwig van Beethoven's 'An die ferne Geliebte' and Jacques Offenbachs Overture from the opera 'Die Rheinnixen', performed by the Beethoven Orchester Bonn under the direction of  the new principal conductor Dirk Kaftan. In her ceremonial address, festival director Nike Wagner will elaborate on the mise-en-scène of the 2017 program.

Facts and figures
The Beethovenfest Bonn 2017 is under the patronage of the Ministerpräsident of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet; it has issued some 30,000 admission tickets for the festival's main program, which includes 55 events at 20 venues in Bonn and the surrounding region. The festival is made possible by grants from the City of Bonn, Rhein-Sieg-Kreis (Rhein-Sieg County) as well as through project-based funding provided by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Additional funding is provided by the festival's main sponsors Deutsche Post DHL Group, Deutsche Telekom, Sparkasse KölnBonn and Deutsche Welle as well as a large number of event sponsors and foundations.

Opening weekend from 8 September to 10 September
The celebrations aren't confined to the concert hall: this year the Beethovenfest will open its season with a grand three-day open-air festival. All Bonn residents and visitors are cordially invited to take part. Friday evening, there will be a live screening of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra concert. On Saturday, more than 1000 of the city's schoolchildren will convene on six stages, transforming the city centre into a gigantic sound-space. The evening will feature a nod to Beethoven: the Ninth, conducted by Herbert von Karajan on the large projection screen in front of City Hall. Beethovenfest Bonn (@Beethovenfest) and Sparkasse KölnBonn (@Sparkasse_KBN) invite their followers to a joint tweetup and public concert on 10 September at 7 pm. There will be a public screening on Bonn's Market Square. Listen to the hr-Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Festival Program
The full program is available here: http://en.beethovenfest.de/programm/