London Symphony Orchestra Beethoven Symphony No 9

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London Symphony Orchestra

Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral

Featured Artists:

  • Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • London Symphony Chorus
  • Kathleen Kim (soprano)
  • Yosep Kang (tenor)
  • Jongmin Park (bass)
  • Songmi Yang (mezzo-soprano)

The Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic, Myung-Whun Chung, and four virtuosic Korean soloists join forces with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus for an Anglo-Korean performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in St Paul’s Cathedral, the most iconic City venue.

Beethoven’s bold and resonant Symphony No 9 was a ground-breaking choral composition, the first to celebrate the human voice at the same level as the instruments. Today it stands as one of the most played symphonies in the world. The piece is famed as an anthem to peace and reconciliation; it was performed in Berlin to celebrate the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and chosen as the EU’s official anthem in 1985. This performance carries a particular resonance, given the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula.

This concert promises a memorable performance of Beethoven’s bombastic Symphony No nine inside one of the world’s great icons. The London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus’ performance of this piece in 2006 was described as having “enough orchestral punch to knock a listener senseless …” The Times, together with world-renowned conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the four sensational Korean soloists Kathleen Kim, Songmi Yang, Yosep Kang, and Jongmin Park, this will be an unforgettable evening.

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