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MSO takes inspiration from Beethoven’s legacy in 2020

MSO Season Opening Gala: Beethoven 9, Circa and Cheetham

In 2020, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, taking inspiration from the composer’s legacy to create an artistic program that has innovation and collaboration at its core.

To open the year, and in a first-time collaboration between the MSO and Circa Contemporary Circus, ten world-class circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) in physical form, blurring the lines between movement, music, dance and theatrics.

On the same night, the Orchestra will also present the world premiere of Dutala (Star-Filled Sky) by MSO 2020 Composer in Residence, Deborah Cheetham AO. Deeply committed to working side by side with First Peoples and increasing Australians’ experiences of Indigenous cultures in meaningful, authentic and creative ways, this MSO commission draws on the soaring spirit of Beethoven’s Ninth, providing a uniquely Indigenous (and Australian) response to one of the world’s most recognisable symphonies.

In June, the MSO will participate in the Beethoven Pastoral Project, a global event led by the United Nations. Expanding on the MSO’s 2019 World Environment Day performance of Dr Allan Zavod’s Environmental Symphony, the MSO’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral, aims to raise awareness and inspire our audience – both in Melbourne and around the world through the concert’s broadcast – to take a stance on climate change.

To end the year, the MSO will present the world premiere of Nine, a co-commission by the MSO and the Philharmonic Society of London, the very group who commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth. Written by MSO Artistic Ambassador and Academy Award®- winning conductor and composer, Tan Dun, Nine provides a truly global perspective on Beethoven’s legacy, building a musical bridge between time and artistic virtuosity.

For the MSO, partnerships and projects such as those above represent the Orchestra’s commitment to the highest standards of artistic excellence, propelling the artform forward and driving significant musical experiences for its diverse and ever growing audiences.