The Closing Concert was originally to have comprised Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, marking the special anniversaries of both the composer and the festival, with whose history the work is closely associated. Thanks to conductor Jakub Hrůša we will still have Beethoven’s music even during the pandemic. Hrůša and the Czech Philharmonic are preparing for a performance of two late Beethoven quartets arranged for string orchestra. “It’s an extraordinary initiative, sparked by an extraordinary situation within society as a whole; nevertheless, even this has a precedent in musical history. I am convinced that the metaphysical music of late Beethoven will make for a compelling conclusion to a festival held at an exceptionally complex time,” reflects Třeštík.