BTHVN 2020


The 9-15 March edition of BTHVN 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to Coronavirus concerns. We will be rescheduling later in the year. Please check back in the MMMonths ahead &/or subscribe to our News page for updates.

MMM joins the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year with new commissioned works plus music by Berio, Ives, Kahane, Mahler, Schnittke, Shaw, Tabakova, Ustvolskaya & Wagner.


KBOO’s A Different Nature host, Chris Merrick, previews BTHVN 2020 with MMM founder Bob Priest, introduces live performances by Diane Chaplin, Lisa Neher & Robert McBride; spins tell-tale tunes by Beethoven, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Beatles & Joni Mitchell; & premieres James Harley’s electroacoustic mash-up BTHVN 9x9x9 Re(v)Mix, commissioned for tonight’s broadcast.
KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM

10 March • Tuesday @ 7:30
Ace pianist/composer Stephen Lewis plays excerpts from Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations as well as Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV. Lewis’s own Radium Butterfly will receive its World Premiere by guest pianist Kyle Adam Blair, who will also play music by American composer Stuart Saunders Smith.
Seating is limited, please e-mail Stephen at to reserve a seat.
Classic Pianos • $15

Voyage to Cythera by Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer traces influences & inspirations from Gustav Mahler & others in the 3rd movement of Luciano Berio’s 20th-century classic, Sinfonia. Commissioned by Leonard Bernstein in 1968 for the New York Philharmonic & the Swingle Singers, Sinfonia is one of those unique works that feels forever fresh in the here of the now. A special bonus this evening is a rare filmed performance of Stuart Dempster performing Berio’s Sequenza V, written for him in 1966.
Lincoln Hall @ PSU • FREE

Oregon Symphony Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane presents visiting Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw as she delves into the music that excites her most, with Oregon Symphony members performing works by Shaw, Kahane, Brahms, Schubert & Paul Simon.
Alberta Rose Theatre • $20

Carlos Kalmar conducts the house band & acclaimed choir Roomful of Teeth in Berio’s Sinfonia, Shaw’s blockbuster hit Partita & molto glorioso music from Wagner’s Tannhauser. Yes, friends, this is one of those famous not-to-be-missed concerts, trust me!
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall • $5 – $125

Sequenza with Troika à Trois
Amelia Lukas (flute), Lisa Neher (mezzo) & Sequoia (piano) run down Berio’s Sequenza I & III, a song from Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn (that Berio uses in Sinfonia), the Alcotts movement from Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata (quoting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony) & the World Premiere of Homage to Beethoven by one of Ives’ distant cousins, Oregon Symphony Principal Cellist, Nancy Ives.

9 Beet Stretch with Kogut Butoh
Once upon a time, Norwegian performance artist Leif Inge instigated a worldwide sensation by slowing down Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to 24 hours at pitch. For this new dance, Seattle’s Kogut Butoh (with guest artist Mizu Desierto) takes the final 40 minutes of 9 Beet Stretch & renders it both within & around the audience. Kogut Butoh’s previous MMM appearance packed a now-defunct coffeehaus with a nightmarish account of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music that the undead amongst us still celebrate & fear!

Eroica with Swing Nose Frog
MMM’s festspiel finale features a commission of New Eroica Variations by 10 composers from the great nearby: David Bernstein, Antonio Celaya, Mike Hsu, Theresa Koon, Steve Lewis, Robert McBride, Lisa Neher, Ken Selden, Jeff Winslow & Linda Woody. Tonight’s players, Louis DeMartino (clarinet), Diane Chaplin (cello), Steve Lewis & Sequoia (pianos) also perform recent music from the international front by Gabriel Kahane, Jukka Tiensuu, Dobrinka Tabakova, Galina Ustvolskaya, Alfred Schnittke & Anonymous 2020.
Community Music Center • FREE