Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday at Symphony Center

During the 2019/20 season, Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and artists on the Symphony Center Presents series perform signature works by Ludwig van Beethoven in honor of the approaching 250th anniversary of his birth.

At the center of this celebration is Muti conducting the complete Beethoven symphonies with the CSO and a Beethoven piano sonata cycle performed by celebrated virtuosos on the Symphony Center Presents Piano series.

The best way to experience this extraordinary season-long celebration is to subscribe to a curated series and enjoy savings of up to 39%, priority seating and exclusive savings on additional concerts.


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Beethoven’s symphonies, concertos, solo and chamber works stand as testament to his creative genius and matchless power of expression. Immerse yourself in some of the most stirring, dazzling and revolutionary music of all time.


  • Kirill Gerstein
    October 13
    SCP Piano series E/A; Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
    Beethoven Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
    Beethoven Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
    Beethoven Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1
    Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7

  • Rudolf Buchbinder
    November 6
    Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
    Beethoven Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
    Beethoven Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
    Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata)

  • Rudolf Buchbinder
    November 10
    Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
    Beethoven Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
    Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
    Beethoven Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3

  • Anne Sophie Mutter
    January 22
    SCP Chamber Music series

    Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
    Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 (Spring)
    Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47(Kreutzer)

  • Lewis Plays Beethoven
    January 30-February 4
    CSO Main series THU C/D, FRI A, SAT A/F, TUE A

    Tippett Little Music for String Orchestra
    Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
    Tippett Praeludium for Brass, Bells and Percussion
    Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

    Sir Andrew Davis conductor
    Paul Lewis piano

  • Ax, Kavakos & Ma
    Mar 2
    SCP Chamber Music series

    Beethoven Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
    Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
    Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 (Archduke)

  • Sir András Schiff
    March 29
    SCP Piano series E/A; Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
    Beethoven Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79
    Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a (Les Adieux)
    Beethoven Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
    Beethoven Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101

  • Sir András Schiff
    March 31
    Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26
    Beethoven Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 (Quasi una fantasia)
    Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
    Beethoven Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 (Pastoral)

  • Mitsuko Uchida
    April 5
    SCP Piano series E/B; Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
    Beethoven Diabelli Variations

  • Muti Conducts Beethoven 4 & 7
    April 30-May 3
    CSO Main series THU A/G, SAT B/G, SUN A; CSO at Wheaton

    Mazzoli Orpheus Undone [World Premiere, Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through the generous support of Helen Zell]
    Beethoven Symphony No. 4
    Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    J. Lawrie Bloom bass clarinet

  • Evgeny Kissin
    May 10
    SCP Piano series E/B; Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique)
    Beethoven Eroica Variations, Op. 35
    Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (Tempest)
    Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)

  • Igor Levit
    May 20
    Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
    Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
    Beethoven Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22
    Beethoven Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)

    Igor Levit piano

  • Maurizio Pollini
    May 24
    SCP Piano series E/A; Beethoven Sonata Cycle

    Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
    Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
    Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111