Beethoven 9: An Ode to Joy, Hope & Community

Organizer: Santa Barbara Symphony
Posted by:Renee

Our 2023/24 Season opens with a celebration of the 200-year anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In an impressive collaboration of four choral groups and a quartet of soloists, Nir Kabaretti conducts more than 200 performers—all with ties to Santa Barbara. Combined with Copland’s stirring orchestral composition “The Promise of Living”, capturing the essence of 1930s rural America, and Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes, a symphonic poem of sweeping melodies and dramatic mood shifts, this concert is sure to be an Ode to Joy.

The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Santa Barbara Choral Society, Jo Anne Wasserman, Music Director
Quire of Voyces, Nathan Kreitzer, Music Director,
Westmont College Choir, Daniel Gee, Director of Choral Activities
Members of the Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus, Timothy Accurso, Artistic Director


Aaron Copland | “The Promise of Living”, from The Tender Land

Franz Liszt | Les Préludes

Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”


Johanna Will, Soprano
Christina Pezzarossi Ramsey, Mezzo-Soprano
John Matthew Myers, Tenor
Cedric Berry, Bass-Baritone

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