The Philadelphia Orchestra

Beethoven 2020 | Ode to Joy

SaturdayAugust 158:00 PM



Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Soprano: Erin Wall  

Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Johnson Cano

Tenor: Joshua Guerrero

Bass-Baritone: Ryan McKinny

Chorus: Albany Pro Musica and the Pro Musica International Festival Chorus


Beethoven  Symphony No. 1 
Frank  Pachamama Meets an Ode– NY Premiere*
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)

beethoven 2020 saratoga performing arts center

*indicates SPAC Premiere

Program Notes

Beethoven was just 25 when he wrote his First Symphony. Delightful and high-spirited, floating on strains of Mozart and Haydn, it’s a fascinating glimpse of the greatness and genius to come—all on full, glorious display in the climactic Ninth. Written just a few short years before his death, “Beethoven’s profound ode to brotherhood, salvation, and pure joy reminds us why we are here as an orchestra,” says Yannick, “and why we constantly try to make our world better by playing music.”

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