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Sponsored by the Highland Park Community Foundation

Beethoven’s last symphony calls for chorus and vocal soloists in the last movement, which is why this work is called the “Choral Symphony”. No symphony took Beethoven so long to write, and none cost him such mental anguish and creative struggle. It proved his most monumental creation, a work that is flooded with humanity and compassion.

The premiere took place in Vienna on May 7, 1824, under the composer’s direction, an occasion that was one of the most poignant incidents in the life of the master. He was now completely deaf, incapable of hearing the music he was conducting. At the end, Beethoven , a few measures off, continued to beat time. This tragic episode sent an electric current through the audience, which, after a momentary hush, exploded into an ovation.

Joining the Strings will be the North Shore Choral Society, a 140 member community chorus which has been performing in the northern suburbs and beyond for over 80 years, giving many hundreds of nonprofessional singers the opportunity to sing choral masterpieces. DR. JULIA DAVIDS has been the the Music Director for over ten years.

Our four outstanding soloists are: Alicia Russell, Soprano, Gabrielle Barkidjija, Mezzo-Soprano, Ryan Lustgarten, Tenor, and Keven Keyes, Baritone.

CANCELED
May 17, 2019

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 ( the “Choral”)

North Shore Choral Society
Dr. Julia Davids, Music Director

Alicia Russell, Soprano, Gabrielle Barkidjija, Mezzo-Soprano, Ryan Lustgarten, Tenor, and Keven Keyes, Baritone.