The chaos and rage heard early on in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 – reflecting the deaf composer’s frustration at daily life – are shattered in the fourth movement by a choral fantasia; a genre-bending innovation that changed the symphonic art form forever. This mythologised setting of the poem Ode to Joy has come to symbolise the definitive shared values of a united Europe: love, humanitarianism and togetherness, and holds enduring resonance today.
The music of contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank is a thematic neighbour of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9. Born with mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian and Jewish ancestry, Frank’s compositions, such as Pachamama Meets an Ode, explore multicultural identity, incorporate poetry and native musical styles, and are underpinned by a celebration of unity in diversity.
Pachamama Meets an Ode is a co-commission by the Philedelphia Orchestra and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.
Booking opens summer 2020.
This concert will be one hour and twenty minutes long.