“Be embraced, ye millions! This kiss is for the whole world!” Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony and its setting of Friedrich Schiller’s poem Ode to Joy, has become synonymous with freedom around the world ever since it premiered in 1824. The symphony itself depicts in its four movements man’s search for enlightenment, a humane progression that Beethoven pioneered in his symphonic forms, further catapulting the man and his music to the forefront of the romantic movement. Attending a performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony live is truly an unforgettable experience and we are thrilled to be able to present it to you this season.
Perhaps searching for meaning and reflecting on one’s pursuit through their art is the definition of what it means to be an artist. The most poignant musical question ever asked was written in 1908 by the American composer, Charles Ives. His remarkable piece The Unanswered Question sets the stage for Beethoven’s affirming 9th Symphony.
6PM - Classical Conversations with Music Director Stefan Sanders and Chris Vaneman, Director of Petrie School of Music at Converse College
7PM - Performance
Things to note: Valet Parking provided at no cost. Refreshments are available for purchase.