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Barton meets Beethoven in classical music’s greatest get-together

If the events of the past three years have almost persuaded you to keep the doors to your fellow humans closed for good, then Queensland Symphony Orchestra has just the ticket for you.

‘The theme for 2023 is humanity,’ said QSO’s new Chief Conductor, Umberto Clerici. ‘After the past few challenging years, I felt we needed music that celebrates sociality, friendship, and community.’

And few works of classical music speak more universally to the notion of humanity than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the ‘Ode to Joy’, which the QSO will present in a series of three concerts featuring didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, the remarkable violinist and singer Véronique Serret, opera stars Eleanor Lyons, Deborah Humble, Andrew Goodwin and Michael Honeyman, and the stirring voices of the Brisbane Chamber Choir.