|Beethoven in 1805|
While this might seem an odd time of the year for a concert in what was essentially an unheated hall, the laws of the Austrian empire prohibited performance of Opera during Advent - the opera mad Austrians needed something to scratch their classical music itch, so to say.
Beethoven had to scramble to put together an orchestra - there were many, many charity concerts at that time of year. He assembled a mixed group of professionals and amateur performers, and for the last time took the stage to perform on the piano (his increasing deafness would not allow this in the future).
This concert was the world premier of his Symphony No. 5, his Symphony No. 6, his Fourth Piano Concerto, and his Choral Fantasy. Here is the entire concert for your enjoyment, in the order it was performed.
Hat tip to The Queen Of The World who pointed out this anniversary. She's not just pretty as a picture, she knows stuff too.