Queensland Symphony Orchestra Ode to Joy Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony

17 - 19 Feb 2023
Concert Hall, QPAC
2 hours 10 minutes
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$90 - $130 *
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“Beethoven Ninth represents both the apex of the classical period and the start of Romanticism. Beethoven’s music expresses the human will for freedom as the continuation of the ideals of the French Revolution through the means of art: his Ninth Symphony is a hymn to the humanist utopia of the equality of all humankind. Meanwhile, Sculthorpe is the 'Australian Beethoven', the founding father of Australian classical music. Sculthorpe added a didgeridoo part to Earth Cry specifically for William Barton, 16 years after he originally composed the piece: 'When I first heard William playing Earth Cry, it was summoning up the whole landscape. It was a revelation.' This version was premiered, with William and our QSO in 2002 and it will be a privilege to perform it live again.” Umberto Clerici

In addition to these two works by Beethoven and Sculthorpe, didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and powerhouse violinist Véronique Serret recently collaborated on a musical project called Heartland – described as ‘a message of peace and love carried by the eagle spirit’. In this concert, you will hear their music transformed into a stunning orchestral version. 

Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra


Barton & Serret Kalkani (Orchestral Version, World Premiere)
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Beethoven Symphony No.9 in D minor (Choral)


Conductor Umberto Clerici
Didgeridoo William Barton
Violin Véronique Serret
Soprano Eleanor Lyons
Mezzo Soprano Deborah Humble
Tenor Andrew Goodwin
Baritone Michael Honeyman
Choir Brisbane Chamber Choir

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