Beethoven Festival 2013
Event Info: (312) 427-6267 internationalbeethovenproject.com
George Lepauw's audacity in creating an XXL-sized classical music festival in Chicago is a story in and of itself, but the roster for the 2013 installment, entitled "LOVE," is simply astounding. The founder, president and Chicago resident has assembled a 9-day, 100-plus event affair that includes visual art installations, fashion shows, educational opportunities and new-music programming to interact with the Festival's classical core. Performer highlights include conductor-composer Matthias Pintscher of Ensemble Intercontemporain (Sept 7, 5pm), Christopher O'Riley (Sept 7, 10:30pm; Sept 10, 4:30, 6pm), Anthony Molinaro (Sept 6, 12pm; Sept 9, 8:30pm), David Aaron Carpenter (Sept 11, 8:30pm), Glenn Kotche of Wilco (Sept 12, 8:30pm; Sept 14, 3pm), JACK Quartet (Sept 13, 8:30pm) and the Lincoln Trio (Sept 11, 8:30pm; Sept 15, 5pm). That one-day passes for Lollapalooza were $95 this summer makes the Beethoven Festival's $30 price tag seem like grand larceny. The festival largely takes place at the Merit School of Music. See website for more details.