Beethoven Pastoral Project

A Global Event



Jaime Martín conductor*
Narek Hakhnazaryan cello


Glazunov Chant du ménestrel
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Beethoven Symphony No.6 Pastoral

About the performance

Music that makes a difference.

Come together to celebrate music’s power to inspire, as we play our part in a United Nations project to support a sustainable environment and a better world for millions of people.

In June, the MSO will participate in an international project to raise awareness and inspire our city to take a stance on climate change. And there is nothing more evocative of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, affectionately known as the Pastoral.

For Beethoven, nature was a place of relaxation, solitude and inspiration. Today, nature is under threat and humankind is on a course to damage our environment beyond repair. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony musically depicts the harmonious unity between mankind and nature this special project seeks to champion worldwide.

Armenian star cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan will join the MSO to perform Alexander Gluznov’s Chant du ménestrel for Cello and Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Hakhnazaryan’s interpretation of the Variations has been heralded as having “spectacular technical prowess that made even the most elaborate of the variations seem effortless”.

*Due to Vladimir Ashkenazy’s recently-announced retirement, he has withdrawn from this performance. Jaime Martín will replace him as conductor.

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme will also be performed as a one hour program for MSO Mornings on Thursday 4 June at 11am.


Artists from around the world are developing and uniting in their own visions of a harmonious co-existence of mankind and nature, with performances of ‘their Pastoral’ – to shape a powerful statement for environmental protection and sustainable development – for a better world for millions of people.

Learn more about the Beethoven Pastoral Project.

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