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Ode to Joy! – Beethoven’s Ninth & Special Guest Jan Lisiecki

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Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 11
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, Choral

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has entered the minds and souls of music lovers to such a degree that each performance becomes an event before the first note is played. This work is a fusion of majestic music, poetry, and insight into what brings humanity together. Capped off by the sublime choral finale with its unforgettable Ode to Joy, it is among music’s most transcendent experiences and a much-needed symbol for freedom today.

Acclaimed pianist Jan Lisiecki is our featured guest soloist in Chopin’s evergreen, romantic Concerto.


Consider coming to the performance early and joining us for a pre-concert chat from the stage at 6:45 pm.


Performing Artists

Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Marie-Josée Lord, soprano
Catherine Daniel, mezzo-soprano
Michael Nyby, baritone
Charles Reid, tenor
CMU Festival Chorus, with Dr. Janet Brenneman, artistic director

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