08.08.2020 | Concert

Unfortunately cancelled: Choral Concerto „Nine“

Bundesjugendorchester (c) Selina Pfruener

Unfortunately the concert has to be cancelled due to Corona.

Tickets will be returned via Bonnticket.


250 years of Beethoven - the Beethoven crescendo


7.30 pm


The German National Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester) and the World Youth Choir will begin their 2020 summer tour in Bonn by combining Beethoven's "masterpiece" with a premiere by Tan Dun.


Tan Dun (*1957)

"Choral Concerto: Nine " (Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Symphony No. 9, D minor op. 125

Tan Dun is the internationally most well-known Chinese composer. His compositions combine elements of classical and modern music, as well as Asian and European music styles. For BTHVN2020, he is working on his “Choral Concerto: Nine ”, a half-hour choral concert in which he sets the “Jiu Ge”, the “Nine Songs”, to music. They are of shamanic origin and were written around 300 BC by Qu Yuan (Chinese 屈原), who is considered China’s first historically known poet. “Choral Concerto: Nine ” develops a dialogue between Qu Yuan and Schiller, as well as between Tan Dun and Beethoven on “the beauty of humankind, the beauty of the mind and the beauty of the earth” (Tan Dun).

Tan Dun: "This how I’m making 'Nine': Building the bridge from the Nine Songs and the most ancient traditions of classical art and beauty in China to the Ninth Symphony, which is loved people all over the world. The most beautiful dream of humankind and the beauty of human history; uniting these two works from East and West is my dream. I am Tan Dun and I am writing this for you and my love."


The German National Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester)

The orchestra combines captivating energy and impressive professionalism to create the globally unique sound of the 14 to 19-year-old musicians of the German National Youth Orchestra.

The German National Youth Orchestra is Germany’s youngest major orchestra. It was founded by the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) in 1969 and is composed of the country’s finest young musicians between the ages of 14 and 19. In addition to Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra has also been directed by renowned conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel and Kirill Petrenko since being founded; soloists who have worked with the orchestra include Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Fazil Say, as well as rock musicians such as Sting and Peter Maffay. In 2013, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra assumed the role of patron orchestra to the Bundesjugendorchester and mentors it through joint rehearsals, master classes and concerts.


Maritim Hotel Bonn
Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee 1
53175 Bonn

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