(Naples Daily News) The Classic Chamber Concerts Series shares a milestone birthday with Beethoven next year, and it will be easier to fit the candles on their cake: They’re 25 years old during their 2019-20 season. The famous composer would be 250 in 2020.

Like the gracious birthday hosts they are, Classic Chamber Concerts include Beethoven in nearly every concert. The sole concert from which he’s missing is a Feb. 24 blowout of some of the best known octets in Western music: The Mendelssohn, the Shostakovich and that of Romanian composer George Enescu.

Two young groups that have quickly built a name for themselves, the Escher and the Dover quartets, are the performers. 

Other stars this coming season include Metropolitan Opera soprano Susanna Phillips, the Formosa and Miro quartets and  violinist Benjamin Bielman, among others. In the opening concert, according to Michael Finn, artistic director, Beethoven is the star.

“Depending on which scholars you read, Beethoven’s birthday was Dec. 16 or 17. We’ll take Dec 16 because we booked a celebratory ‘All Beethoven’ concert,” quipped Finn during correspondence on the upcoming season.   

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