Marin Alsop has announced a worldwide project for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth called All Together: A Global Ode to Joy. She will lead performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on five continents with nine renowned partner orchestras as part of a year long global project. The ambitious project reimagines Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as a 21st-century call for unity, justice, and empowerment.
Partners will reimagine the concert experience for their communities, presenting newly created music alongside the music of Beethoven and artists from their region. As part of each performance, “Ode to Joy” will be translated into a local language.
Speaking about the project, Alsop says:
“Ode to Joy is about standing up and being counted in this world. It’s about believing in our power as human beings. Everyone will be tied together by this experience. And I think that’s the important element – that through this project, we will bring diverse communities together, and communities who don’t normally work together”.
The concerts will begin in December 2019 and continue throughout 2020 in South America, Europe, Australasia, Africa and North America:
12 December 2019: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
16 & 18 April 2020: London Southbank Centre (with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain)
11-14 June 2020: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
26, 28 July and 1 August 2020: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
7-9 August 2020: Sydney Symphony
16 October 2020: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
22 November 2020: KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
18-19 November 2020: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
6 December 2020: Carnegie Hall
Click here for full details of All Together: A Global Ode to Joy.