This year, for the first time, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn presents a public screenings on three evenings. The event is one of Europe’s most successful classical music festivals. This year’s motto is “Distant Lover”.
Put a Russian, a Ukranian and a German soloist on the same stage with an orchestra made up of young musicians from Ukraine and Germany and led by a female Ukranian conductor: you'll hear the results this hour.
Finding a catchy motto for the Beethovenfest is no problem for its director, Nike Wagner. But as she tells DW, much remains to be done when it comes to exploiting Bonn's status as birthplace of the famous composer.
Co-sponsored by Deutsche Welle, the Campus Project of the Beethovenfest in Bonn showcases a different country every year. In its most recent edition, that country was Ukraine.
Ludwig van Beethoven, the most often performed classical composer, will be specially honored in the city of his birth in the anniversary year: not as a merely local event, but as a "national assignment."
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