Experience what Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti calls “the work of a divine architect” in this special encore presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recorded live September 18, 2014, at Orchestra Hall during one of the opening programs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season, this performance features Muti leading the Orchestra and Chorus and distinguished soloists in one of history’s most powerful and inspiring artistic works. A masterpiece whose staggering influence can be seen across classical music, it concludes with the famous Ode to Joy, which calls for understanding, peace and universal goodwill. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is grateful to an anonymous donor for generously underwriting the recording of this concert in 2014.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Charlie would have turned 19 on September 18, 2014, the date of this performance. He was always sharing joy. He lived and gave with courage. And he was always bringing people together.
Funding for seats at the four performances of this program, for people who otherwise might have been unable to attend, for filming concert, and for distributing it, so it can be freely shared around the world, has been provided by Charlie’s family. It is dedicated to everyone who shares joy, to everyone who lives and gives with courage and to everyone who brings people together.
EXTRAS (available on web only)
Read: Program notes
Read: Listening guide for students
Read: Listening guide for adults