Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

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Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago. For this mammoth Beethoven year the NBE has chosen one of his most iconic works: the ninth symphony, with the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ based on Friedrich Schiller’s text. In the political turmoil around 1800, it is clear where Beethoven’s sympathies lay: he was a declared advocate of the French Revolution and embraced the ideals of universal equality, freedom and brotherhood. After turning the entire symphonic genre upside down, especially with his third (“Eroica”), fifth, sixth (“Pastoral”) and seventh, Beethoven went even further with his ninth and final symphony by breaking open the boundaries of the genre  and introducing the human voice. It was no gimmick, but an ultimate artistic necessity. Soloists and choir literally shout the message: “be embraced, millions!” In the past two centuries, the piece has lost none of its expressive power. On the contrary. This story about brotherhood, exhorting us to embrace each other, is still as urgent today as it was 250 years ago.  A special NBE choir will be assembled, with singers from diverse cultures and world regions, a cross secton of Dutch society. For each performance the NBE choir will be supplemented with local choirs. Beethoven’s 9th: passionate and hopeful, an ode to solidarity and brotherhood.

when to see it
  • Wed 16 Dec 2020 19:00 Arnhem Musis Tickets
  • Wed 16 Dec 2020 21:30 Arnhem Musis Tickets
  • Thu 23 Jan 2020 20:30 Amsterdam PODIUM MOZAÏEK Last tickets
  • Sat 25 Jan 2020 20:30 Tilburg THEATERS TILBURG
  • Sun 26 Jan 2020 15:30 Helmond HET SPEELHUIS
  • Tue 28 Jan 2020 20:15 Wageningen JUNUSHOFF
  • Wed 29 Jan 2020 20:15 Drachten DE LAWEI
  • Thu 30 Jan 2020 20:00 Oss DE LIEVEKAMP
  • Sun 02 Feb 2020 20:00 Utrecht TIVOLIVREDENBURG
  • Tue 04 Feb 2020 20:30 Heerlen PARKSTAD LIMBURG THEATERS
  • Wed 05 Feb 2020 20:00 Amsterdam PARADISO
  • Sun 01 Mar 2020 14:30 Haarlem PHILHARMONIE
  • Sun 15 Mar 2020 20:00 Arnhem MUSIS