The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Christmas Matinee concert is a cherished tradition – thanks to you, the audience. Beethoven’s moving Ninth Symphony is being performed on the 2019 Christmas Matinee under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst.
Multiple generations of listeners have attended the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s festive Christmas matinees since the tradition was founded. This year’s Christmas matinee promises to be very special indeed, featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, an appeal for universal brotherhood – indeed, some of the most moving music Beethoven ever composed. A large chorus and vocal soloists share the stage with the orchestra to get this key message across. The work continues to enchant young and old alike.
At the time of its composition, the chorus which suddenly erupts was considered an anomaly. Indeed, many thought that Beethoven had lost his mind. Today, though, the Ninth is considered one of the greatest musical achievements of all time. The score to the work is even on the World Heritage List.