WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
A highlight of every season in recent Proms history, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 this year returns to its once-traditional slot on the penultimate night - a symphonic finale before the musical party that is the Last Night. Giving their second performance ?this summer, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Riccardo Chailly are joined by an international cast of soloists for this audacious musical testament of faith and unity across all nations and creeds. When Mahler later said that a symphony should 'embrace the whole universe', it's hard to imagine he wasn't thinking of Beethoven's mighty 'Choral' Symphony. There will be no interval. Finish time approx. 20:55.