Bienen Ensembles

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

The October 26 performance will also be presented as a live stream. Visit after 7:20 p.m. Central to view the performance.

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

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. The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra—together with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, University Chorale, and Northwestern Alumni Choir in its performance debut—present two special performances of this enduring, beloved, and influential work. Also featured on the program are the overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s “grand, heroic, romantic” opera Euryanthe and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Symphony No. 2.

Carl Maria von Weber, Euryanthe Overture
Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Symphony No. 2 (“Adagio”)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 124 (“Choral”)

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for students with valid ID.

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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall


50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Pick-Staiger is a 989-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.