Aspen Music Festival And School

Special Event: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

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With special thanks to Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass - Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation
5:30 PM MT
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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, "Choral"


Beethoven’s grand and inspiring Ninth Symphony has been universally embraced as a beacon of hope and unity. Since his early twenties, Beethoven had wanted to write music for Schiller’s Ode to Joy, a glorified drinking song with a strong humanistic message. It had been ten years since he’d composed a symphony, and he was anxious to get on paper all the ideas which had been percolating in his imagination for thirty years. By the time of the work’s premiere, Beethoven was completely deaf. Although he beat time for the orchestra, the real conducting was done by someone else. At the end of the piece, he was still hunched over the score until one of the singers turned him around so he could see the applause he was unable to hear. This magnificent work takes us on a journey from darkness to light, culminating in a transcendent and unforgettable finale. Performed by a lineup of remarkable soloists and the extraordinary Kantorei, the Ninth will remind you of the greatness and possibilities of the human spirit.

Special events require separate ticket purchase for all patrons; passes cannot be used to obtain tickets.

Performances will be 75 minutes and there will be no intermission. Please check the “Concert Protocols” page before attending for the most up-to-date protocols.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO