José Luis Gomez, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Sara Couden, contralto
Dmitri Pittas, tenor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Tucson Symphony Chorus
Bruce Chamberlain, director
and Children’s Chorus
Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls TSO PREMIERE
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest compositions in western music, provides a triumphant finale to the season with the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by top soloists, the TSO Chorus and a children’s chorus. One of the most popular symphonies ever, it follows what John Adams called a ”memory space” for 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003 and three Grammy® Awards in 2005.
José Luis Gomez likes what Richard Wagner had to say about Beethoven’s Ninth: “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony became the mystical goal of all my strange thoughts and desires about music.”
Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.