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Beethoven@250 is a Bay Area-wide celebration throughout 2020 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in conjunction with performing organizations and individual musicians & groups.

In 2020, the entire world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the creative genius whose music continues to inspire and enrich the lives of people all over the globe.

As a large metropolitan area with a diverse and rich music scene, the San Francisco Bay Area is positioned to be one of the major hubs of the anniversary celebrations. The American Beethoven Society, in conjunction with the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, created the Beethoven@250 calendar and webpage to highlight performing organizations, individual musicians and groups, teachers and students, professionals and amateurs, who are participating in special Beethoven events in the Bay Area throughout the year.


Want to host an exhibit at your venue?

Materials from the Beethoven Center’s collection are available for small exhibitions at other local performance spaces. To inquire about hosting an exhibit at your venue, contact the curator

Looking for a small venue for your performance or lecture/recital?

We invite small professional and amateur ensembles to apply for performance space at the Beethoven Center’s program room in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.

Use the Beethoven@250 logo in your program

Contact to request the high-resolution image without charge. In exchange, please help spread the word about the ABS by adding this text to your program:

Continue the celebration! Join the American Beethoven Society at Your membership helps preserve and promote the remarkable legacy of Beethoven and supports the collections and activities of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University.

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