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Beeth∞ven 360° – Ode to Joy

July 31, 2020 | In The News

“On International Friendship Day (30 July), a ground-breaking musical celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary premiered on the Straits Times FaceBook and Youtube channels. This revolutionary virtual performance of music from his 9th Symphony is literally pieced together with digital submissions from world-class instrumentalists and singers, alongside close to 1,000 participants of an inclusive global community campaign, for a sing-along in the renowned “Ode to Joy” segment.

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, with its message of inclusivity, diversity and universal brotherhood, conveys exactly our feelings of united hope and global solidarity.

The virtual performance is optimised for smartphones and tablets through the Youtube/Facebook apps. Laptops and computers can also access the video. More than 2000 man-hours have been spent on score preparation, the individual recordings and post-production, to create a powerful visual and oral experience for the viewer. The musicians are integrated into a 360° experiential landscape depicting turmoil, a dream of utopia, a garden city paradise, heavenly clouds and finally the cosmic world, which accompanies the musical narrative of music from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.”

The Foundation is a proud supporting partner of this global project. 


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