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Nine Beethoven Symphonies
Five days. One legendary orchestra

One Month of Education and Community Outreach Activities

Music has the power to transform

When Dr. José Antonio Abreu founded Venezuela’s revolutionary youth music programme El Sistema in 1975, it was beyond his imagination that after some 40 years the project would have reached over 787,000 of the most vulnerable young people across the nation, transforming their life trajectories and nurturing internationally-recognised talents such as Gustavo Dudamel and the musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV).

More than just a set of pedagogical methods, El Sistema’s ideals and pursuit of ensemble musical excellence have inspired its young members in their own personal development while also effecting positive social change. The motto of “To play and to strive” (Tocar y Luchar) encapsulates the El Sistema spirit of combining exuberant and passionate music making with social action; theirs is a commitment to transmit musical values of solidarity, beauty, harmony and mutual compassion in order to fight against injustice, violence and other problems in society.

El Sistema alumnus and one of the world’s most exciting and inspiring musicians, Gustavo Dudamel is renowned for his joyous music-making and electric connection with audiences and musicians of all ages across the globe; the SBSOV has also developed from its El Sistema roots to become a world-class ensemble in its own right, touring the world’s greatest concert halls. Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust are delighted to co-present the irrepressible Dudamel and SBSOV performing the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle across five days in Hong Kong.

These Venezuelan musicians will also go beyond the concert stage, connecting with the Hong Kong community through specially organised outreach activities. As both artists and social advocates, they will share their experiences, passion and energy for music and its transformative ability to change lives and society for the better. Planned events include a forum to discuss how lives can be transformed through music education, as well as visits and coaching sessions with young Hong Kong people of all backgrounds.

Beethoven Symphonies No 1-9

Nov 2 (Thu) 8:00 pm

Symphonies No 1 & 2 – When History Turned the Page


Egmont Overture, Op 84
Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21
Coriolan Overture, Op 62
Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36

$650 $480 $380 $280 $200 Student $240 $190 $140 $100
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Nov 3 (Fri) 8:00 pm

Symphonies No 3 & 4 – Heroic Romanticism


Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 55, “Eroica”
Symphony No 4 in B-flat major, Op 60

$650 $550 $420 $280 $200 Student $275 $210 $140 $100
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Nov 4 (Sat) 8:00 pm

Symphonies No 5 & 6 – Fate and Nature


Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67
Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68, “Pastoral”

$1080 $880 $690 $500 $350 $200 Student $440 $345 $250 $175 $100
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Nov 5 (Sun) 4:00 pm

Symphonies No 7 & 8 – Reaching the Pinnacle


Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92
Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93

$980 $800 $600 $400 $300 $200 Student $400 $300 $200 $150 $100
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Nov 6 (Mon) 8:00 pm

Symphony No 9 – Embracing Humanity


Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125

*With Hong Kong Arts Festival Chorus

$1180 $950 $760 $580 $400 $240 Student $475 $380 $290 $200 $120
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre