Beethoven's 250th Birthday
German musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven moved to Vienna at age 22, and remained in the city for the next 35 years of his life. The city of Vienna shaped Beethoven's compositions unlike any other composer. The year 2020 marks 250 years since the composer's birth. In honor of this musical genius, throughout the year, Vienna has planned many events. This month alone, the Wiener Konzerthaus is currently scheduled perform six of Beethoven's nine symphonies. If all goes according to plan, by June, the glamorous Wiener Musikverein – home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – will have performed 80 concerts of Beethoven's music. In addition to concert events, free augmented reality tours throughout Vienna are available, bringing the 18th century world Beethoven inhabited to life through cutting edge virtual reality effects. On May 8th, the grandest and most sparkling highlight of this birthday year is scheduled to take place: the Festival of Joy, celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day with the performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, including its famous "Ode to Joy," amidst hundreds of fireworks.