“Music is the best language and Beethoven is one of its greatest heroes.”

Manfred Honeck, Music Director, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

A Pittsburgh Community Celebration

Beethoven In Your Neighborhood

The Pittsburgh Symphony invites the community to join us on an exploration of both Pittsburgh and the musical genius of Beethoven. For the first time in Pittsburgh history, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Manfred Honeck, will perform all nine Beethoven symphonies in one week at exceptional locations, and will perform all 16 Beethoven string quartets in a groundbreaking collaboration with libraries throughout the region. All but one of the concerts will be free to the public.

Beethoven In Your Neighborhood connects the power, heroism, humanity, and revolutionary spirit of Beethoven with the brilliance of the Pittsburgh Symphony and special community spaces. Initially conceived to celebrate the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 125th anniversary in 2020-2021 and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven in 2020, the music and the anniversaries compel us to celebrate together.

Ludwig van Beethoven is the world’s most performed and known composer, whose artistic output of symphonies, choral and chamber music, sonatas, music for piano and string quartets is one of the most influential in history. Beethoven is a visionary who set the standard for leading figures of classical music and dominated the evolution of how humans listen to and understand the power of music today.


Beethoven in Your Neighborhood

The Library Project

The 16 Beethoven string quartets serve as a blueprint of his artistic development and contain many of his most personal statements. In a ground-breaking collaboration with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets in a series of free concerts at 16 local libraries that are either an original Carnegie Free Library site or part of the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh system. These experiences will provide the audience with interactive experiences facilitated by music-educator hosts, symphony musicians, and local librarians/historians, along with a performance of one complete Beethoven quartet played by string musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Reservations for the Library Project concerts will be available on April 14, 2022. Please note that reservations are suggested but are not required to attend these performances. We encourage patrons to attend these concerts as they like - experiencing just 5 minutes while collecting their books at the library or staying through the entire session.

If the location you want to make a reservation for is unavailable, it means advance reservations have closed, but we welcome you to attend the event without a reservation.

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Schedule of Events

Beethoven in Your Neighborhood

Bank of America Symphony Week

April 26-29, 2022

Beethoven’s nine symphonies stand as firm pillars of the repertoire and contain many of the most magnificent and ground-breaking moments in music. For the first time in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Manfred Honeck, will perform all nine symphonies in one week. Maestro Honeck and the Orchestra are thrilled to celebrate with our community the explosiveness and intensity of the Beethoven cycle with outstanding partners and in exceptional places: Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh International Airport, New Hazlett Theater with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library Music Hall Homestead, and Heinz Hall.

All of the concerts (except April 30 at Heinz Hall), are free to the public and general admission. Advance ticket reservations for all free concerts are recommended and are available now.