Ode to Joy: Dane Lam conducts Beethoven 9


The University of Queensland’s School of Music proudly welcomes Maestro Dane Lam in his debut performance as Conductor and Director of The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra (UQSO). This performance also features a mentoring and side-by-side collaboration with members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The UQSO and UQ Chorus will be joined by soloists Sarah CraneMaria WoolfordRosario La Spina and Shaun Brown.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has a special place in the history of symphonic music. Described as a “declaration in favour of universal brotherhood”, and a “quest for freedom of the mind and spirit”, the work embodies an elemental struggle incorporating macro and microcosmic musical perspectives. A crescendo towards cacophony gives way in the final choral movement, where Schiller’s “Ode” is so famously set. Arvo Pärt’s beautiful Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten will form a short prelude.

Any performance of Beethoven’s Ninth is an extraordinary event. For UQ’s School of Music it is the ideal work to celebrate a return to QPAC after the loss of two concert hall performances in 2020, and to welcome the University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO.


23 May 2021, 2pm

     $35 Adults / $22 Concession
     QPAC, Concert Hall
    2 hours (no interval)

Consession discount available for: 

     Concession card holders

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Dane Lam is the Director of the UQ Symphony Orchestra and will conduct Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten.
Dr Shaun Brown is the Director of the UQ Chorus for Ode to Joy and is the Director of Performance at the UQ School of Music.
Associate Professor Adam Chalabi is the Concertmaster for Ode to Joy and is the Director of Performance Studies at the UQ School of Music.

Presented by The University of Queensland’s School of Music in association with QPAC and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and supported by Alumni Friends of UQ as part of the UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Concert Series

For more information about Ode to Joy: Dane Lam Conducts Beethoven 9, contact:

Concerts and Engagement Officer, UQ School of Music