Since 1994, the Embassy Concert Series has allowed Washingtonians to hear live classical music while peeking into D.C.’s sanctuaries of diplomatic immunity. The latest event, co-sponsored by the Austrian Embassy and National Gallery of Art, features Viennese pianist Till Fellner, who has undertaken a project of performing all of Beethoven’s piano concertos in a cycle spanning two years and seven cities in North America and Europe. Those who snag tickets to his D.C. performance can brag about hearing Beethoven in what is technically Austrian territory—in Van Ness, close to Gold’s Gym. Beethoven wrote many of his piano sonatas shortly after moving from to Vienna from his native Bonn, while he was still a student of Haydn. The influence of his teacher and the other superstar of the Imperial City, Mozart, are apparent in his early pieces, before he broke into the heavy romanticism that defined his later career.
FELLNER PERFORMS AT 7:30 p.m. AT THE AUSTRIAN EMBASSY, 3524 INTERNATIONAL COURT NW. $50. (202) 625-2361.