Beethoven is taking a break.

For the near future, most events scheduled for Beethoven Rocks Winston-Salem have been postponed or cancelled. With a full schedule through December, we hope that other events can be held in coming months. See the event schedule below for more information.


2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, which will be recognized with events around the world. Beethoven Rocks Winston-Salem is a communitywide effort that will allow everyone to experience why even today, Beethoven Rocks.

Nearly 30 different area arts organizations are marking the milestone with a series of performances and activities across many different venues and disciplines. Check out the events calendar to learn more.

Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem, which is celebrating its 50th year in 2020, is the presenting sponsor for this grassroots collaboration.


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July 2020


July 31 - August 23

Music Carolina SummerFest celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's birth with a variety of performances and styles, including chamber music, dance, jazz and opera.

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September 2020

Beethoven Lives

September 20 - September 21
Salem College, Hanes Auditorium, Sr4326
Winston_Salem, NC 27101 United States
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Author presentation

September 25 - September 26

Author presentation as part of Bookmarks' 16th annual Festival of Books & Authors.

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October 2020

Big Band Beethoven

October 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Corpening Plaza, 231 1st St W
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

Camel City Jazz Orchestra and the City of Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a free outdoor concert at Corpening Plaza, featuring original big band arrangements based upon Beethoven’s works. Bring a chair or a picnic blanket, frequent our food and beverage trucks, and hear a new take on Beethoven’s music and influence.

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Fall Lecture, Professor David Levy

October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Byrum Center, Wake Forest, 1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 United States
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November 2020

Beethoven’s Ninth

November 21 @ 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 405 4th St NW
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States

JoAnn Falleta conducts the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's 9th Symphony featuring a joint chorus with the UNCSA Cantata Singers and WSSU Singing Rams.

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December 2020

Christmas with Beethoven Piano Concert

December 3 @ 7:00 pm
SECCA Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, 27106 United States

A joyful celebration of Christmas and Beethoven featuring Pamela Howland's Beethoven-inspired piano arrangements of beloved Christmas carols, accompanied by a companion video of Wendell Myers' paintings.

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Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

December 16
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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April 2021

Jazz Classique

April 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 United States

Music of Beethoven and his contemporaries in a jazz setting with Jazz Classique in a jazz setting with Jazz Classique. Including works by Beethoven, Albrechtsberger, Salieri, Haydn, Schubert, and more. Performers include: John Mochnik, piano; Roberto Orihuela, vibes; Matt Kendrick, bass; and John Wilson, drums.

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October 2021

Elias String Quartet: The Complete Beethoven String Quartets (Part 2)

October 13, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Brendle Recital Hall, 1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106
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The Secrest Artists Series presents the second half of the complete String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the vibrant young Elias String Quartet in a series of six concerts. The Elias have performed the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets for BBC Radio 3 as well as at 11 major venues in the UK. Their recently recorded Beethoven cycle for the “Wigmore Hall Live” record label has received wide acclaim from the classical-music press and listeners alike. Special pricing…

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