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WS Nürnberg - Report on the recent Wagner & Beethoven Symposium
10.10.2020 Symposium - Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven on the latter's 250th birthday - The great late romantic Wagner bows to Beethoven
On Saturday, 10 October 2020, we, in the Richard Wagner Association of Nuremberg, together with 70 participants from our society and other societies from all over Germany, and from Switzerland and Vienna, celebrated a birthday party for the great Viennese classicist Ludwig van Beethoven as part of our symposium "Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of his 250th birthday - The great late romantic Richard Wagner bows before Ludwig van Beethoven"! 
It was an important concern for us in our Nuremberg Richard Wagner Association to offer a top-class and well-organised symposium on the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday in these difficult times, when most of the great cultural events, including those related to Beethoven's significant birthday, were cancelled. Naturally, all the Corona hygiene measures specified by the Bavarian government for events of this size were complied with. We received personal greetings from the world of politics, namely from our Bavarian Minister President, Dr. Markus Söder, from the Lord Mayor of the City of Nuremberg, Mr. Marcus König, and from our Cultural Mayor, Prof. Dr. Julia Lehner. Prof. Nike Wagner, director of the Beethovenfest Bonn and descendant of Richard Wagner - what a beautiful connection to the topic of our symposium - also sent us a very nice and personal greeting. Mr Rainer Fineske, President of the International Richard Wagner Association, should have addressed a personal greeting to the guests at the symposium. Due to the Corona situation at the time, which prevented guests from Berlin from staying overnight in Nuremberg, Mr. Fineske was unfortunately unable to appear in person and deliver his greeting. So he sent it to us by e-mail at short notice.
Our symposium was sponsored and supported by the city of Nuremberg, the district of Central Franconia, the Richard Wagner Verband International, the private foundation "Wolfram and Ilse Unger Stiftung" Nuremberg, the company Dietzsch electronic Nuremberg, Piano Haid Nuremberg and other donors not mentioned by name. We would like to express our sincere thanks for their generous support and encouragement. Without this commitment our symposium in honour of Ludwig von Beethoven on his 250th birthday would not have been possible. In supporting us, you have shown us that culture is considered important after all, because culture is food and is by no means systemically relevant.
Scholarship holders from our society enriched our first-class symposium with many valuable and beautiful musical performances. We also see this as part of the promotion of young musicians as well as our scholarship holders, especially in these difficult times when young musicians have little or no opportunity to perform in front of an audience. I can assure you that all scholarship holders enriched the musical framework of our symposium with much joy and élan and professional skill. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our scholarship holders for their wonderful contributions, which we were naturally happy to reward financially, made possible by our sponsors and supporters.
In retrospect, the timing of the event proved to be a stroke of luck! One week later, our symposium would not have been possible any more in view of the increasing numbers of Corona patients. All the more reason for me to welcome the participants personally on October 10th in our Meistersingerstadt! 

A detailed review of our symposium, written by Dr. Andreas Hölscher, was published on the internet platform of the cultural magazine "O-Ton". Photos taken during the symposium will give you an insight or review of the event. I wshould be happy to provide you with the review, a photo collage, the greeting by Mr. Rainer Fineske and the conference programme. In it you will find detailed information on the programme, the exact topics of the lectures by Prof. Dr. Dieter Borchmeyer, Dr. Sabine Sonntag, Prof. Dr. Peter Gülke and Dr. Frank Piontek as well as the rich musical supporting programme.

Further information can be obtained at

RWV Nuremberg e. V. 
Chairperson Agnes Simona Sires
Tel. 0911 / 97 15 341
Mobile 0172 / 4254385
e-mail: rwv-nuernberg@gmx.de