Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth with Christmas Cheer

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José Luis Gomez, conductor
Corinne Winters, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Richard Smagur, tenor
Kelly Markgraf, bass
Tucson Symphony Chorus · Bruce Chamberlain, director

George Frideric Handel: Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks
Johann Sebastian Bach: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata, BWV 147
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on “Greensleeves” (arr. Ralph Greaves)
Franz Gruber: Silent Night (arr. Arthur Harris)
George Frideric Handel: “Hallelujah” from Messiah (arr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

Ludwig van Beethoven’s last symphony is the crux of Western music. Composers and audiences alike have grappled with its legacy to this day; yet anyone can sing its ecstatic finale. Hear it, crackling with energy, in the week of the 250th anniversary of its creator’s birth.