An Incredible night at Disney Concert Hall listening to the amazing Gustavo Dudamel conducting my favorite 9th symphony with my wonderful Blue Ribbon friends.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)
Mariana Ortiz (soprano)
J’nai Bridges (mezzo-soprano)
Joshua Guerrero (tenor)
Soloman Howard (Bass)
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon (Artistic Director)
Program: Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Adagio moto e cantabile
Presto; Allegro Assai; Allegro assai vivace
About the program: “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – After Beethoven finished the Eight Symphony in the summer of 1812, it would be almost 12 years before he completed another symphony. The basic arc of the Ninth Symphony is from chaos and struggle to serenity and jubilation, and that mirrors the course of its creation. The Night Symphony opens in hushed anticipation, from which an elementally simple theme soon erupts. The dynamic energy and scope of the ideas in this movement suggest creation myths to many, or scientific theories such as the Big Bang. The introduction of voices in the finale is Beethoven’s most obvious innovation, although he had models in French revolutionary symphonies, and it is still an electrifying moment when the baritone first sings. It is truly music of life-affirming exaltation!