Beethoven 9: Ode to Joy

Season Finale Gala


Adams Absolute Jest
Beethoven Symphony No.9

Benjamin Northey conductor
Jacqueline Porter soprano
Liane Keegan contralto
Henry Choo tenor
Shane Lowrencev bass
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Australian String Quartet

Experience the work of America’s most performed living composer, John Adams, as the MSO and Australian String Quartet perform his witty and inspired take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in Absolute Jest – a large-scale work celebrating Beethoven’s energy and feeling with chugging rhythms and imaginative orchestral colours.

In the second half, Beethoven’s final symphony brings together soprano Jacqueline Porter, contralto Liane Keegan, tenor Henry Choo, bass Shane Lowrencev and the MSO Chorus for one of the greatest works of the repertoire.

Often referred to as the ‘Choral Symphony’, this large scale combined orchestral and choral work is a triumphant expression of humankind, with Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy being one of its many high points. Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for this must-see musical event of the year and experience ‘the symphony to end all symphonies’ (The Guardian).

The MSO is thrilled to welcome the Australian String Quartet as its 2017 Ensemble in Residence.

Pre-concert talk: Join MSO’s Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen for a pre-concert talk inside Hamer Hall, beginning at 6:45pm

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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