Alexander Shelley
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

The NAC Orchestra brings to life Beethoven’s electrifying and tempestuous Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Groundbreaking when it debuted in 1808, the world’s most famous symphony gives virtually every instrument in the orchestra a solo, each individual voice on a collective journey culminating in powerful triumph.

One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who does not immediately recognize the signature opening “ta-ta-ta-tum”. It remains a leitmotif, throughout popular culture, film and television, somehow capturing the essence of human emotion -- it transcends time and cultural evolution. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. is arresting in its measured softness and exhilarating in its strength. It captivates the listener from the very first note and is, without reservation, a masterpiece.

 “Radiant beams shoot through this region's deep night, and we become aware of gigantic shadows which, rocking back and forth, close in on us and destroy everything within us except the pain of endless longing—a longing in which every pleasure that rose up in jubilant tones sinks and succumbs, and only through this pain, which, while consuming but not destroying love, hope, and joy, tries to burst our breasts with full-voiced harmonies of all the passions, we live on and are captivated beholders of the spirits.”-Famed eighteenth-century music critic E.T.E. Hoffmann on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.


Performance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Alexander Shelley