Beethoven for kids
On these pages specially put together for kids, we help children interested in music get a better understanding of Beethoven.
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Beethoven’s 250th birthday and DHL’s 50th anniversary -
Time to celebrate with a once-in-a-lifetime world tour
In order to reach as large and as broad an audience as possible all over the world during the Beethoven anniversary year, the itinerary for the BTHVN on Tour exhibition was planned to include several international concert halls and opera houses. First port of call in spring 2019 was the legendary Leipzig Gewandhaus. From there, the tour proceeded to the USA with stops in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New York, and Boston before making the return journey to Europe in time for the start of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The most recent venue in February of this commemorative year was the Barbican Centre, a major concert hall in London, where a long weekend was given over entirely to the composer and his works. The other stops planned for 2020 have had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. A decision on what happens next with the exhibition tour will be made as soon as possible..
Here you have the chance to explore BTHVN on Tour in the virtual world
BTHVN on Tour combines original exhibits and high-quality facsimile reproductions made especially for the exhibition using multimedia technologies, thereby offering visitors fascinating insights into the life and work of Beethoven.
Among the rare items on display are an ear trumpet which the composer used to amplify his failing hearing, his violin which he clearly marked with his initials and an original art print from Andy Warhol’s 1987 Beethoven series. The interactive multimedia exhibition provides visitors with an even deeper understanding of the composer and his creative processes. One of the animated presentations shows Beethoven writing and reworking the manuscript of his famous Diabelli Variations.
The exhibition also allows visitors to compare their hearing with Beethoven’s limited faculty and thus to experience first-hand how much – or rather how little – the primitive ear trumpet was able to compensate for his hearing loss.
Make a Beethoven ‘journey’ and learn about the most important stages in the development of his music
"Deutsche Post DHL Group and Beethoven have two things in common. We have roots in Bonn, Germany, and we share a pioneering spirit of innovation.
We are very proud to provide the logistics expertise for the transport of historical treasures from Beethoven’s lifetime. This is a great way to celebrate Beethoven’s remarkable legacy."
Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group
"In this project 'BTHVN on tour' we have the opportunity to engage with international audiences in questioning the relevance of Beethoven’s life and music and of the future of classical music in today’s generations. So with the help of the Deutsche Post DHL Group this has become possible and it’s a wonderful collaboration."
Malte Boecker, Director Beethoven-Haus Bonn
DHL has been managing the logistics throughout the entire duration of BTHVN on Tour. This includes not only transportation but also the installation and assembly. For each stage of the tour, DHL moves seven tonnes of exhibits and equipment by truck and by air. Over the two years of the tour, the freight will have traveled 50,000 km .
As a partner of many famous orchestras and museums, DHL has extensive experience in transporting instruments and exhibits that are not only valuable but also exceptionally fragile. The exhibits sourced from the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn are individually packed in custom-made crates. These are individually lined with padding and specially sealed to protect the exhibits from damage due to shock, vibration, or temperature changes. The high-grade containers are shipped using DHL Smart Sensor Tracking technology. This ensures that the temperature and humidity are maintained at a constant level throughout.
Take a look behind the scenes of the delivery of BTHVN on Tour
A final joint concert by Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester and Boston Symphony Orchestra marks the conclusion and the high point of almost a year of unique celebrations and activities centered on ‘BTHVN on Tour’.
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 DHL presented ‘Conducting a Digital World’ – a podium discussion featuring experts addressing the role of modern technology in classical music.
A podium discussion demonstrated the perfect fit of DHL, BTHVN on Tour, Gewandhausorchester and IDAGIO.
The first stage of the global exhibition ‘BTHVN on Tour’ has begun in Los Angeles.