Gustavo Dudamel and the
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Beethoven Symphonies No 1 through 9 and
A Series of Community Outreach Activities
Music | Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel and the
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Beethoven Symphonies No 1 through 9 and
A Series of Community Outreach Activities
Music | Venezuela

Gustavo Dudamel and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela


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*Counter Booking from 7 Jul (Fri) 10am at URBTIX

The Complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle
Hear The Master’s Music Unfold

9 Symphonies | 5 Days | 1 Legendary Orchestra
1 Month of Education and Community Outreach Activities

"Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela bring Beethoven's revolutionary conviction out in force." Los Angeles Times 
"The hottest conductor on the planet." New York Times


Premiered between 1800 and 1824, Beethoven’s nine symphonies completely revolutionised the art form. Invested with profound intellectual struggle, explosive passion and supreme innovation, the full Beethoven Cycle is all-powerful yet accessible to all – expert or not, you will surely recognise at least one or two themes of these magnificent symphonies.

On five consecutive days, the charismatic Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the legendary Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) will perform together in Hong Kong for the first time, bringing audiences a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, two of Beethoven’s best-loved overtures, as well as an extensive series of education and community outreach activities celebrating the spirit of El Sistema.

Playful, instinctive and irrepressible, Maestro Dudamel actively communicates his joy for music-making across four continents, and inspires both audiences and musicians of all ages. Once a youth orchestra, the SBSOV is now a world-class ensemble in its own right, touring the world's greatest concert halls as an ambassador for Venezuela’s unique system of musical education, El Sistema, where Dudamel’s talent was discovered and nurtured.

The ground-breaking energy of this Beethoven Cycle, embodied by the ardour of Dudamel and this Venezuelan orchestra (SBSOV was named after the country’s liberator Simón Bolívar), will lead you on a five day journey of soaring emotion and humanity.

*Counter Booking from 7 Jul (Fri) 10am at URBTIX


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

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

Sat 4 Nov
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67
Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68, “Pastoral”

Sun 5 Nov
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92
Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93

Mon 6 Nov
Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125*

*Featuring the following soloists and Hong Kong Arts Festival Chorus:
Julianna di Giacomo soprano
Rachael Wilson mezzo-soprano
Joshua Stewart tenor
Soloman Howard bass

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 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.

Young people, teachers, educators and music lovers – join our free outreach and community activities inspired by El Sistema, featuring Gustavo Dudamel and SBSOV in Hong Kong!

Open admission for all education and outreach activities except “Guided talks and SBSOV players coaching Hong Kong children”; tickets are free of charge and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration and event details will be announced in September, please stay tuned on this website.

Wed 1 Nov
Forum – Changing Young Lives, One Note At A Time 
How can music be a vehicle for social change? How did El Sistema become a model for music education and social advocacy? Keynote speaker Eduardo Méndez, Executive Director of El Sistema, will share his insights, followed by panel discussions on the role music education can play in society.

Sat 4 Nov, 1:15pm, Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre
“Maestroclass” – Dudamel conducts young Hong Kong musicians
Gustavo Dudamel and SBSOV musicians will bring their passion for music-making to some of Hong Kong’s best secondary school musicians, fresh from their competition-winning performances at the 2017 Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. At a similar age, Dudamel and his SBSOV colleagues were participants in the El Sistema programme, and they will share their own experiences working side-by-side in an open rehearsal where audiences will be able to experience Dudamel’s charismatic style!

Oct – Nov
Into the Community –Guided talks and SBSOV players coaching Hong Kong children
SBSOV musicians will visit and coach children from the local community, bringing their transformative energy and musical principles from Venezuela’s El Sistema to Hong Kong. There will also be an accompanying series of dedicated guided talks.

Oct – Nov
Screening and Discussion – Dudamel: Let The Children Play and other documentaries
The inspiring story of Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is one of the most fascinating tales in[TW1]  music. Revisit the beginnings of El Sistema and explore its subsequent impact with this insightful documentary and other short films, followed by a discussion session with SBSOV members.

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