Detroit Symphony gets grant for Beethoven Festival


DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is staging its first Beethoven Festival in 35 years — and a national grant is helping to make it possible.

The orchestra announced Tuesday that it's been selected to receive a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the February festival. The money will support performances of a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and related educational activities.

The festival also will include symposia, recitals and a presentation of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. The performances will be held at Detroit's Orchestra Hall as well as other southeastern Michigan venues.

The Detroit orchestra is one of 832 nonprofits to receive grants this year from the NEA as part of its Art Works program.

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