Motto - spark divine

The motto of the 2014 Beethovenfest is "Divine Spark". Every Beethoven-lover knows that this refers
to joy, the "daughter of Elysium", which, glittering and sparkling, leaps across from one to another when a community comes together. It is not a matter of chance that the Ode "To Joy" – which can be heard twice at this year’s Beethovenfest – has reached out to so many people.
Sparks may well also fly at the total of 60 events of the 2014 festival season. We have some wonderful artists and important works, after all. The idiosyncratic Sir John Eliot Gardiner is coming with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Semyon Bychkov with the Munich Philharmonic, the brilliant Yannick Nézet-Séguin is conducting a cult work in the form of Dvořák’s symphony "From the New World", and the rousing Andris Nelsons will be giving us all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In addition we shall be hearing all of this violin sonatas and piano concertos. We can expect sparks too from stars such as Arcadi Volodos, Waltraud Meier, Thomas Zehetmair and Herbert Schuch – while our string quartets – the Kuss Quartett, the Tetzlaff Quartett and the Borodin Quartet form a
positive galaxy. Nordic orchestras will bring on the Northern Lights, while Turkish youth orchestra will
shine out at the summit of our many and various "education" endeavours.
Many other "divine sparks" populate our cosmos in 2014. I am presenting this rich programme in the
name of my predecessor Ilona Schmiel; she conceived it before leaving the Beethovenfest after ten years
as artistic director. We take this opportunity to say thank-you.
I wanted to introduce just two little harbingers of "my" Beethovenfest in 2015: an opening matinee with "contemporary Beethoven" and a collaboration with Theater Bonn.
I would like to express my very cordial thanks to all supporters, sponsors and foundations, and not
least to our patron, state premier Hannelore Kraft.

Nike Wagner
Director of the Beethovenfest Bonn