National Philharmonic: Bernstein & Beethoven Part II

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic
Odes to Freedom:
Bernstein & Beethoven Part II

Esther Heideman, soprano
Shirin Eskandani, mezzo-soprano
Colin Eaton, tenor
Kevin Short, baritone
Enzo Baldanza, boy soprano
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Bernstein        Chichester Psalms
Beethoven      Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)

Beethoven’s monumental “Choral” Symphony No. 9 is arguably the greatest symphony in the history of Western music. While Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms teems with the freshness and vigor of youth, the Symphony No. 9 probes the depths of the human soul, culminating with the most famous ode to joy in all music. In one of the decisive moments of the 20th century, Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on Christmas Day 1989 in the “Ode to Freedom” concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and making a universal declaration of faith in the power of freedom to unite humankind. On that special occasion, the chorus replaced the word “joy” with “freedom.” In the same spirit, the Chichester Psalms represents “a visionary plea for reconciliation and unity throughout the world.”

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