Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Originally slated for 2020, this unique performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is even more relevant as the world faces uncertain and difficult times. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and its famous deployment of Friedrich Schiller's poem, Ode to Joy, has long been a symbol and celebration of Beethoven’s values of fraternity, equality and unity.

In this spirit, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra invites young performers to join us in singing the chorus, with a new text in te reo Māori, to be sung during Beethoven’s great Ninth Symphony. In addition, the NZSO has commissioned new works to complement Beethoven’s Ninth.

This concert was originally part of the 2020 Carnegie Hall’s All Together: A Global Ode to Joy project, in which orchestras from Brazil, Austria, South Africa, Britain and Australia were scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Ninth with lyrics sung in the local languages of each country – thus connecting the NZSO’s Kia Kotahi concert with the rest of the world, in a global unified celebration in song.

Register your youth and school groups (choirs, kapa haka groups, etc.) to join our mass choir of up to 400 voices here!

Register as an individual to join our mass choir of up to 400 voices here!

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Registrations close 5pm, 9 July 2021.