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SPAC Staff Picks

Before this summer, SPAC’s staff included Beethoven aficionados, casual fans, and general appreciators – but with the advent of the great composer’s 250th anniversary this year, the staff have immersed themselves in Beethoven and the reverberating effects of his compositions on the cultural world. The Staff Picks below include both classical and modern cultural selections from the staff, stemming from their months-long attention to and appreciation of Beethoven.

Ode to Joy

We hope when you think of SPAC, it brings joy to your heart, reliving all of the wonderful moments you've experienced in our beloved venue. In the spirit of shared connection and in honor of Beethoven's 250th birthday, we are excited to share inspiring videos from our favorite local and national artists performing their own unique takes of his triumphant "Ode to Joy!" 


AUGUST 5 - 22

SPAC is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth with Beethoven 2020!


The virtual festival features online performances and exclusive events from resident companies The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a World Premiere, plus featured soloists, local cultural partners and much more.


Welcome from our Directors


Live Events

Our festival has ended but you can continue to watch past events and listen to the symphonies below!



Immerse yourself in videos of all things Beethoven: Symphonies, Concertos, Lieder, Dance and Talks


The Beethoven Quartet Cycle Lecture Series with David Finckel 

CMS Co-Artistic Director David Finckel reveals the extraordinary details of Beethoven’s quartets in this unique series in the Rose Studio, performing excerpts from the entire cycle as cellist joined by violinists Sean Lee and Arnaud Sussmann, and violist Matthew Lipman.

CMS Front Row:

Summer Evenings

A special HD video performance from CMS featuring a work of Beethoven as well as the music of Rachmaninov and Gabrieli. A special Q&A and interview will offer a glimpse into the lives of CMS artists during the pandemic.

Revel in this exclusive evening of Beethoven curated by pianist Jonathan Biss, which features an exploration of Beethoven’s prolific sonatas for solo piano and a performance of two of Biss's favorite works.

Jonathon Biss:

In Concert &



New York City Ballet dancers Emily Kikta and Peter Walker created this series of unique, locally-shot dance videos that feature Beethoven's music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The stunning ballet shorts culminate with a long-form video that tributes the 2020 classical season.


Although Beethoven is not primarily associated with music for the solo voice, he composed a large number of songs for the voice throughout his life, being celebrated this summer by SPAC’s cultural partner Opera Saratoga. The online video series, OPERA SARATOGA: CONNECT! features the festival’s artists, who have collaborated virtually from around the country to record more than 20 of Beethoven’s songs. The series includes some of Beethoven's best known Lieder, rarely performed pieces, and the first song cycle ever composed, "An die Ferne Geliebte (To the lover who is now far away),” a masterpiece that enormously influenced the next generation of Romantic composers including Schubert, Schumann, Mahler and Wolf.

Click here to view more of Opera Saratoga’s Connect! Daily Beethoven performances.


The Beethoven Symphonies

Enjoy rare audio recordings from The Philadelphia Orchestra of all nine Beethoven symphonies, widely considered some of the greatest works of classical music ever written. The symphonies feature Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well other SPAC favorites including Cristian Măcelaru and the late great Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and have been made exclusively available to SPAC.


Beethoven Symphony No. 1

in C major, Op. 21

Thursday May 7, 2015 8:00 PM

Friday May 8 2:00 PM

Saturday May 9 8:00 PM


Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

00:00 / 25:15


Beethoven Symphony No. 2

in D major, Op. 36

Thursday December 8, 2016 8:00 PM

Friday December 9 8:00 PM

Saturday December 10 8:00 PM


Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

00:00 / 34:30



Beethoven Symphony No. 4

in B-flat major, Op. 60

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

in C minor, Op. 67 / Habibi Jeder Baum spricht [World premiere]

Thursday February 28, 2019 7:30 PM

Friday March 1 2:00 PM

Saturday March 2 8:00 PM


Nathalie Stutzmann Conductor

Thursday March 12, 2020 7:30 PM


Beethoven NOW! Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

00:00 / 36:10
00:00 / 41:31


Beethoven Symphony No. 7

in A major, Op. 92

Thursday May 17 7:30 PM

Sunday May 20 2:00 PM


Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor


Beethoven Symphony No. 8

in F major, Op. 93

Thursday October 17, 2013 8:00 PM

Friday October 18 2:00 PM

Saturday October 19 8:00 PM


Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conductor


Beethoven Symphony No. 3

in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”)

Thursday April 25, 2019 7:30 PM

Saturday April 27 8:00 PM


Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

00:00 / 48:07


Beethoven Symphony No. 6

in F major, Op. 68 (“Pastoral”)

Thursday March 12, 2020 7:30 PM


Beethoven NOW! Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor


00:00 / 42:02


Beethoven Symphony No. 9

in D minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”)

Wednesday May 31 7:30 PM


Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor - National Centre for the Performing Arts Chorus; Shenyang Bass-baritone; Yuanming Song Soprano; Hongyao Wang Mezzo soprano; Haoyin Xue Tenor

00:00 / 34:49
00:00 / 27:30
00:00 / 1:08:09





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