May 1 & 2
Event dates: May 1 & 2

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As we conclude our tribute to Beethoven’s 250th, we laud the genius who set the standard for perfection. Beginning with the intensely dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3, from Beethoven’s only opera, we’ll feature two of his most popular works, "Moonlight Sonata" and "Grosse (Great) Fuge." Join us for a journey with Beethoven the man, the idealist, the revolutionary. 

The pinnacle of our celebration is, of course, Beethoven’s very best: the towering Ninth Symphony. “Ode to Joy,” the final movement, is many things: a protest anthem, a celebration of music, a call for unity among all humankind. One of the reasons the Ninth is so special is that Beethoven was the first major composer to include the human voice in a symphony. Requiring a brilliant chorus, outstanding soloists, and an enormous (and enormously talented) orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth is perhaps the greatest triumph of Western classical music, and the perfect joyful end to our year-long celebration of Beethoven’s anniversary.

Guest Artists:

Chelsea Basler, Soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, Mezzo Soprano
Adrian Kramer, Tenor
Zachary James, Bass

Repertoire:

All works by Ludwig van Beethoven

SYMPHONY NO. 9 “THE CHORAL"

MOONLIGHT SONATA

LEONORE OVERTURE NO. 3

GROSSE (GREAT) FUGE

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