It turned into a bittersweet moment for Beethovenfest director Nike Wagner. She had the respect of ceremoniously smashing the bottle of champagne over the freshly-dedicated Beethoven barge less than 24 hours after the spring version of her personal pageant had been cancelled due to the coronavirus scare.

"i was extraordinarily sad and taken aback of course," she told DW.

. "however we're all sitting in the same planetary boot, and in principle, it changed into the right selection. We can best attempt to subdue and put off the unfold of contamination till a vaccine is determined. I feel sorry maximum of excited by the musicians, whose livelihoods are at stake. We are able to most effective appearance to heaven and ask: What on the earth is going on here?"

Bonn's ordinary Beethovenfest will cross ahead as deliberate in September, however the 10-day spring edition, a special feature of the Beethoven anniversary year, met the equal destiny as many different big-scale activities in Europe. However with room for two hundred, the barge falls below that threshold and is scheduled to head on at this factor.

Ludwig van Beethoven became born 250 years in the past. At age 50, MS Jenny is also getting on in years, but renamed the "BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter" (music Barge), she's set to embark on an uncommon cruise — after being devoted on Thursday, March 12 in Bonn, the composer's domestic metropolis.

From coal to lifestyle

Jenny as soon as bore the load of coal transports on european water highways however is now carrying subculture. Freshly repainted and made over as a floating level, she's a fabricated from the Beethoven Anniversary Society.

Very kind of tracing the path that Beethoven as soon as took from Bonn to Vienna, the six-week cruise from March 12-April 20 will pass from Bonn directly to Koblenz, then to Mannheim, Heidelberg, Mainz, Frankfurt am main, Mittenberg, bad Mergentheim, Weikersheim, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Krems and subsequently Vienna — Beethoven's closing and most important domestic.

The barge will drop anchor for performances on board and on land, commonly incorporating nearby musicians. However the playbill additionally includes workshops, tune theater and interactive initiatives with target audience participation.

If everything is going according to plot…

Day one on Bonn's riverbank became crowned with the aid of a chunk of song theater titled "It had to Be! — nearly a Love story," whilst other activities consist of improvisation workshops that do things like rendering Beethoven's "Eroica Symphony" in reggae rhythms.

After going ashore in Vienna six weeks later, the barge will host "Fridays for Beethoven," a performance with the aid of school students in tandem with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra based totally on sounds and thoughts from Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony." The Vienna application also includes a film workshop and all-night time on-board concert events.

that is, in light of the corona pandemic, if all is going in accordance to devise. "We're in close touch with the government along the route to Vienna," said Malte Boecker, head of the Beethoven Anniversary Society. "all of the scheduled activities are nevertheless in agreement with what's authorized."

genre bending and border breaching

The idea for the Beethoven barge got here from Dirk Kaftan, Bonn's popular tune director and major conductor of the Beethoven Orchestra.

He quickly discovered a suitable companion in the Berlin organisation "junge ohren" (younger Ears), a song agency community that amongst other things specializes in bringing classical track and factors thereof to a much wider public.

Describing the time table of occasions, Kaftan is pleased: "It includes all genres. It addresses all age groups and sectors of society. There's an intercultural talk on this ship. And it definitely has track past classes or pidgeonholes."

The Beethoven Barge changed into festively christened at the morning of March 12. Some 30 hours later, the experience became cancelled because of the intense coronavirus disaster. The crew was despondent — however now not for lengthy. With a most 4 musicians happening board, they're acting, recording — and posting online. A large net event is planned for later this month. We'll keep you posted.