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 ’20 MMus, graduate assistant conductor
Donald Nally, chorus master
Carla Vargas Fuster ’20 MMus, soprano
Gabrielle Barkidjija ’18, ’20 MMus, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Morstein ’20 MMus, tenor
Jeffrey Goldberg ’20 MMus, bass

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