Mahler’s twist on Beethoven’s world-famous work streams from the capital of classical this December

  • To close Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations, On Air will present Gustav Mahler’s Re-Orchestration of Beethoven’s beloved 9th Symphony, streamedfrom the Synchron Stage in Vienna – the very epicentre of classical music and where Beethoven’s masterpiece received its debut in 1824
  • Austrian conductor Johannes Vogel will lead the Synchron Stage Orchestra and soloists from the Vienna State Opera for this epic Beethoven concert, running on 18, 19 and 20 December at 8pm
  • The event, captured in Vienna’s state-of-the-art recording facility, is a winning mix of high-end production, set design and lighting, promising an immersive experience straight to your living room
  • A 123-strong orchestra and choir will be assembling for the event in a safe, Covid-secure way
  • Speaking of the event, Johannes Vogel said:

We’re living in a time of insecurity – worrying about the future because of how unstable the present is. In such a time, it’s so important to put out a message of hope and joy, and remind people that, through our actions, we can positively impact the future if we act in a responsible way. This is the very spirit of Gustav Mahler’s orchestral reworking of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which, 100 years ago, heralded the 20th century with hope. A century later, I have taken the opportunity to consider the Symphony under the current circumstances and challenges to set an example of hope, joy and courage!”

  • Mahler’s version of Beethoven’s masterwork can be seen in light of its context: Mahler reframed the Symphony according to the exhilarating modern orchestral sounds emerging at the beginning of the 20th century. To Vogel, the reorchestration is an “extraordinary insight into the meeting of two geniuses of classical composition across the passage of time”. Expanding further, Vogel said: “It is about courage, about vision, about hope, about modernism, about believing in our future, and that this future lies in our own hands. We create our future, nobody else can!”
  • Previously, Johannes Vogel has worked with orchestras such as Vienna Philharmonic, Opernhaus Zürich, Camerata Academica Salzburg, and the Ensemble Kontrapunkte. Elsewhere, as composer and producer for film and TV he has worked on “His Dark Materials”, “Crimson Peak” and “Outlander” amongst others
  • Audiences will be able to purchase tickets for the event on On Air’s website, where the broadcasts will be streamed
  • Having previously hosted contemporary artists, the performance will be the very first classical music show that On Air has presented
  • As with previous events, On Air is the exclusive producer of the show
  • As a live entertainment streaming platform, On Air produces and presents high-quality events globally, partnering with award-winning production teams, studios, and venues on its productions to deliver exciting shows to its viewers
  • On Air events are available as pay-per-view on their specific date and time

Ticket Information                

On Air Website                     



Johannes Vogel Website     

Event Schedule:

18 December at 8pm in the following time zones: ACDT/JST/CET/GMT/EST/PST

19 December at 8pm in the following time zones: ACDT/JST/CET/GMT/EST/PST

20 December at 8pm in the following time zones: ACDT/JST/CET/GMT/EST/PST