Park City's Beethoven Festival gaining popularity through its "inclusive" feel and excellent performances.

Park City’s Beethoven Festival has only three performances left on the schedule for its 29th summer season.

Photo by Nathan Vineyard

Yesterday’s full house at the concert at Temple Har Shalom could be called a “sold out” house, except the Festival vows it will always find ways to add more seats to make sure everyone can get in to hear the intimate concerts.

With this summer season about to end its run of 18 performances over five weeks, the Beethoven Festival is enjoying living up to its mission: Promoting and preserving live classical music performance for the enjoyment of everyone.

The final three concerts will include this evening’s “Chamber Music on the Green” concert in Park City’s City Park (located next to the historic Miners’ Hospital). For these concerts the artists themselves choose the program, bringing favorite works they would like to present along with portions of works from throughout the past week’s offerings. Though rain is predicted, the Festival performs “rain or shine”. If it rains, the audience members who stay for the concert are invited to move up under the gazebo with the players, and the concert goes on – the concerts begin at 6:30pm. The final concert of the season will be also be a park concert on August 12.

Concerts in private homes – this season’s “Beethoven Brunch Concerts” have been a big hit and there is one brunch concert remaining. For a minimum donation of $45, attendees enjoy command performances by the Festival artists, a wonderful buffet brunch, and casual and enjoyable mingling with other classical music lovers and the artists themselves.

The final “Beethoven Brunch Concert” will be on Saturday morning, August 10 from 11:00am to 1:30pm at a private home in the Pinebrook subdivision on the outskirts of Park City. Reservations are easy to make by sending an email to the Festival office at – they will respond with a confirmation email and a map of the location. The donations are collected at the party.

So, pack a light picnic, bring an umbrella and the lawn chair and head for Park City’s City Park. Rumor has it you will be treated to works by Beethoven, some fancy violin works, a bit of wildly entertaining Bartok, some beautiful cello and piano collaboration, and the rest will be a surprise.

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