What’s Interesting About This Concert
- Joy! Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony adapts the text of the “Ode to Joy”, a poem by Friedrich Schiller (with some additional text thrown in there by Beethoven himself). If there was ever a piece to feed your soul, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is it!
- The very first symphony to ever employ a chorus (sung at this performance by the Elmhurst Choral Union), the work is considered Beethoven’s greatest and one of the most significant pieces of music in history.
- The program opens by featuring violinist Elinor Detmer, winner of the 2022 Stanger Competition, in a performance of the Violin Concerto by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, widely considered one of the best (and most difficult) violin concertos ever written.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto — I. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Elmhurst Choral Union
Stephen Alltop Music Director & Conductor
Elinor Detmer violin | 2022 Stanger Competition Winner
Vocal Soloists To-Be-Announced