Beethoven 9

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 7:00PM
Pre-Concert Conversation with Dr. Ted Hatmaker at 5:45 PM in the Upper Gathering Area
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W Brush Hill Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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.

What’s Playing

Sibelius: Violin Concerto — I. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Who’s Performing

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Elmhurst Choral Union
Members of Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Stephen Alltop Music Director & Conductor
Elinor Detmer violin | 2022 Stanger Competition Winner
Michelle Areyzaga Soprano
Tetyana Vakhnovska Mezzo-Soprano
Peder Reiff Tenor
Bill McMurray Bass-Baritone


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