Church of Beethoven, Oak Park
643 Lyman Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
Most performances held at Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Please see website for showtimes
The Church of Beethoven is “…a ‘church’ with no preaching, just uplifting music, poetry and two minutes of silence in an all-too-busy world.” The goal of the Church of Beethoven is to build a “family friendly” sense of community around the arts, by removing the typically formal atmosphere of classical music, by breaking down the proverbial “fourth wall” between the audience and the performers. Featuring intimate Sunday morning performances by professional poets and musicians, it is located in the Arts District of Oak Park Illinois on Harrison Street.
The original Church of Beethoven was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Oak Park native and classical cellist Felix Wurman in an abandoned gas station on historic U. S. Route 66. The Albuquerque Church grew out of its humble beginnings and moved into The Kosmos, a larger arts space. Felix Wurman died of cancer in 2009, but the Church of Beethoven lives on in Albuquerque and has sprouted new branches in Durham, North Carolina, Tuscon, Arizona, Washington DC and here in Oak Park, Illinois.