Brentano Quartet | Stewart Goodyear, piano | Handel & Haydn Chorus | Mireille Asselin, soprano | Emily Marvosh, mezzo-soprano | Mario (Seungju) Bahg, tenor | Davóne Tines, baritone

An evening of Beethoven—with the world-renowned Brentano Quartet performing the first of Beethoven’s late great quartets, Op. 127. The second half of the concert is a spectacular chamber performance of Beethoven’s unequivocally greatest of symphonies—the Ninth (including the incomparable “Ode to Joy”), in an arrangement for piano, chorus and soloists.  The evening’s star power is tremendous, with soloists at the height of their career joining the acclaimed Handel & Haydn Chorus for a truly memorable Opening Night.

At the premiere of the 9th Symphony, Beethoven was facing the orchestra and could not hear the thunderous applause of the audience. A soloist tapped him on the shoulder so he could see the crowd’s response. Many had tears in their eyes when they realized the extent of his deafness.

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, Op. 127
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
(solo piano arr. by Liszt; piano, chorus & soloists arr. by S. Goodyear)

An Opening Night Reception will immediately follow the concert.