Led by the acclaimed Xian Zhang, MSO’s 2020 Principal Guest
Conductor, this concert celebrates the idea of music as a bridge between
nations, the connective tissue in humanity’s grand narrative.
The year 2020 sees the MSO present a
year-long celebration of the genius of Beethoven, at the 250th
anniversary of his birth. In this program, a superb international and
Australian cast will bring the breadth and wonder of the famous
composer’s ultimate masterpiece to life.
Beethoven is a phenomenon whose music knows no boundaries, physical
or spiritual. This stunning performance of the Symphony No.9, attests
his enduring cultural significance, 195 years after its premiere.
The Ninth Symphony is astonishing as much for the context of its
composition as for the music. It was the final of Beethoven’s
symphonies, written when he was almost totally deaf. Still, Beethoven
insisted on conducting himself, despite the orchestra hiring another
conductor, at the first performance of the work in 1824. The finale was
met with rapturous applause, which the maestro could not hear. It’s said
the contralto turned him around to face the audience, and people waved
handkerchiefs so he could see their adulation.
To complement this sublime program, the MSO performs Nine, a new composition by MSO Artistic Ambassador Tan Dun, which will shine a spotlight on the MSO Chorus. The work is Tan’s response to Beethoven, co-commissioned by the MSO and the Philharmonic Society of London – the very group who commissioned the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
With the full force of the MSO Chorus, and
a wealth of Australian and international talent, this is a live
experience to rival all others — a genuinely globalOde to Joy.