Minnesota Beethoven Festival
Epic performances each summer
Masters like Yo-Yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Minnesota Orchestra have all paid homage to Beethoven in this premiere festival, which transforms Winona into a classical music Mecca each summer. The 2013 festival runs July 4 – July 23.
Join the members of the Empire Brass at Lake Park for a free outdoor concert on the Fourth to kick off the Festival’s seventh season! The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America’s finest brass quintet and is renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. Remember to bring your picnic basket and blanket and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music!Learn more
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, and his Festival recital will highlight not only the music of Chopin and Beethoven, but also Schubert and Griffes.Learn more
Now in the fifth decade of an illustrious international career, pianist Misha Dichter traces his musical heritage to the two great pianistic traditions of the 20th century: the Russian Romantic school and the German Classical style. Equally at home playing either grand virtuosic works or more introspective repertoire, Dichter brings his distinguished musicianship to the Festival this summer, in a recital featuring late sonatas by both Schubert and Beethoven.Learn more
Now celebrating its 40th season, the Grammy® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues to invigorate international audiences and critics alike with its superior artistry, energy, and distinctive approach to music making. By performing without a conductor, Orpheus empowers its members and infuses performances with unparalleled energy. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this dynamic ensemble that has reinvented the way the world thinks about collaboration!Learn more
The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra’s 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, “They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure.” More recently, they were described as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art” (Miami Herald) and “as close to perfect as one could hope for” (Trinity Mirror).Learn more
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Shanghai Quartet comes to Winona this summer for a program highlighting Beethoven string quartets and the Brahms Piano Quintet, featuring Festival Artistic and Managing Director, Ned Kirk.Learn more
After a stunning, sold-out concert at the 2012 Festival, guitarist Sharon Isbin returns to Winona to present two intimate concerts at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Isbin’s extraordinary technique and musicianship up close!Learn more
Acclaimed choral director Dale Warland and the Festival Chorale return for their fourth summer in Winona. In what has become a beloved and essential part of the Festival season each year, Warland and the Chorale will present a weekend of concerts at Winona’s beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, hosted by Minnesota Public Radio’s Brian Newhouse. This season’s concerts present a gorgeous array of choral masterworks ranging from Elgar and Mahler to Pärt and Argento.Learn more
Festival audiences will be treated to an unique evening of chamber music, as the American String Quartet and Ariel Quartet join forces for a program featuring Mendelssohn’s extraordinary Octet for Strings. The internationally-renowned American String Quartet last appeared at the Festival to great acclaim in 2009, and the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing reputation for its brilliant playing. Their collaboration promises to be a spectacular night of music making that is not to be missed.Learn more
The soundtrack to a summer in Winona
In its seventh season, Minnesota Beethoven Festival is a Winona institution. Performance selections showcase the unique talents of each orchestra, soloist and ensemble. This community celebration of Beethoven takes in many Winona venues including the Winona Lake Park Bandshell, Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University, Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona Middle School and Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.
The festival is led by artistic and managing director Ned Kirk.Learn more