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.

THE IDEA

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.

THE EVENTS

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February 2020

In Search of Beethoven

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on February 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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Filmed over the course of four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes as he travels the world playing sold-out concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in an attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of piano works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos. Against the backdrop of these performances, the film attempts to peel back the many myths of Beethoven’s life to explore how this prodigious talent from Bonn became one of the world’s greatest composers by the time he wrote the fifth concerto.

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Elias String Quartet: The Complete Beethoven String Quartets (Part 1)

February 26 @ 7:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 29, 2020 at 7:30 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 for attendance at all three concerts.

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Elias String Quartet: The Complete Beethoven String Quartets (Part 1)

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 29, 2020 at 7:30 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 for attendance at all three concerts.

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Elias String Quartet: The Complete Beethoven String Quartets (Part 1)

February 29 @ 7:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 29, 2020 at 7:30 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 for attendance at all three concerts.

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March 2020

Piano Recital

March 1
Piedmont Music Center, 212 N Broad Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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Gary Taylor’s “Dancing Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Rakowski”

March 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until March 14, 2020

Hanesbrands Theater, 209 Spruce St N
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States

Beethoven may be 250 years old, but his works never felt so contemporary as Gary Taylor explores the intricacies of this amazing epic composer and finds the path to create a dynamic tribute of music and dance with Barbara Lister-Sink as pianist.

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Gary Taylor’s “Dancing Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Rakowski”

March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until March 14, 2020

Hanesbrands Theater, 209 Spruce St N
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States

Beethoven may be 250 years old, but his works never felt so contemporary as Gary Taylor explores the intricacies of this amazing epic composer and finds the path to create a dynamic tribute of music and dance with Barbara Lister-Sink as pianist.

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Sightreading the Symphonies

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mitchell’s Piano Gallery, 1530 Hanes Mall Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27103 United States

Dive into some of the greatest masterworks ever written, rich with melody, syncopation, and surprise. We’re all in this together — whatever happens, keep the beat and keep going!

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April 2020

Digital Book Club Discussion

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a book club discussion of The Ensemble by Aja Gabel with our Floor Manager, Kate Storhoff, a musicologist. Email Kate@Bookmarksnc.org to register and receive the link.

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Beethoven and Friends on Facebook Live

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Facebook LIVE NC United States

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata- a 30-minute performance and talk.

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