Beethoven Weekend: The Ninth Symphony

Special Event

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Marin Alsop, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Reginald Smith, Jr., bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director
St. Lawrence String Quartet BSO Late Night

TJ Cole: Double Play (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
John Adams: Absolute Jest (BSO Premiere) Podcast Symbol
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" Listen Now Podcast Symbol

The 2016 Centennial year reaches its finale with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. No other work creates such breathless excitement, whether you're hearing it for the first time or returning to it as a familiar favorite. Remarkably, Beethoven was completely deaf when he conducted its 1824 premiere performance. He had to be turned around to face the audience after the final notes had died away to recognize the waving handkerchiefs and hats in hands, a tribute to a man who could not hear the applause.

BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, November 18, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet.


Podcast SymbolBSO Podcasts: New this season! Explore the music before you arrive — Click on the icon next to the concert repertoire for insights on the piece. Created by Classical WETA 90.9FM On-Air Hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley, and WBJC 91.5FM Program Director Jonathan Palevsky.


Ten American composers have each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Joan Tower, James Lee III, Jonathan Leshnoff,Christopher Rouse and Christopher Theofanidis. Chosen themes for the commissions include: fanfare for the uncommon woman, earth, death of Poe and dancing blue crabs. These Celebration Centennial works have been commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

*Commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Also made possible by a grant from New Music USA through a generous contribution from Thomas Brener and Inbal Segev, and additionally supported by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Randolph S. and Amalie R. Rothschild Endowed Fund for New Music.