About the Event

Members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia were invited to participate in an unforgettable evening celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday through a live stream presentation of #Ludwig250 and "Beethoven in Beijing."


About the Film

​​​Beethoven in Beijing starts with a forgotten moment, when an American president wrangled an invitation to have his favorite orchestra visit communist China. This award-winning documentary, produced by History Making Productions, vividly recounts the Philadelphia Orchestra’s breakthrough 1973 tour of China—the first American orchestra to visit the People’s Republic—and reveals the astounding resurgence of classical music there today. The film, a short musical performance by the Orchestra, several guest appearances, and  Q & A with the filmmakers will be part of the birthday celebration of Beethoven's 250th.