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The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Giselle Allen soprano | Sarah Castle mezzo-soprano | David Butt-Philip tenor | Neal Davies bass | Hallé Choir | Hallé Youth Choir | RNCM Chorus

Thursday 30 January 2020 7.30pm

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Beethoven  Leonore Overture No.3  (13′) | Elegischer Gesang  (7′) | The Ruins of Athens: Overture  (5′) | Christ on the Mount of Olives: Angel’s Chorus (4′) | Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’ (67′)

With Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, Sir Mark and the Hallé launch the celebratory Beethoven cycle in tandem with the BBC Philharmonic. It’s a concert that brings together Manchester’s musical community, performing lesser-known works of the composer alongside his final, ground-breaking symphony. As a foil to the symphonies, both orchestras give prominence to Beethoven’s choral works, and in particular gems like Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song), a memorial to the wife of a close friend, which is performed by the Hallé Youth Choir. Beethoven’s ground-breaking Ninth Symphony redefined the very nature of the genre; the setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy in the finale, the first use of voices in a symphony, creates a staggering effect.

Thursday Series sponsor: Siemens

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Travel & Parking

Purchase discounted parking (evening concerts only) and reduced price Metrolink tram tickets along with your concert tickets.

Eating & Drinking

Make your concert experience extra special by upgrading to A-List in the Corporate Members’ Bar (selected concerts only) or booking pre-concert dining.

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