Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
October 26, 2019
The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra—together with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, University Chorale, and Northwestern Alumni Choir in its performance debut—present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Born of a concept the young Beethoven had pondered as early as 1793—setting Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” poem to music—and completed at last in 1824, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor is the composer’s final finished symphony. Widely regarded as one of his greatest works, it is the first example of a choral symphony written by a major composer.
Victor Yampolsky, conductor
Xuedan Du, graduate assistant conductor
Donald Nally, chorus master
Carla Vargas Fuster, soprano
Gabrielle Barkidjija, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Morstein, tenor
Jeffrey Goldberg, bass