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University and Alumni Choruses, and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: “Ode to Joy!”
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang

Mozart: Kyrie in D Minor

Mozart: Ave verum corpus

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)
   Toni Marie Palmertree, soprano
   Nian Wang, mezzo-soprano
   Michael Jankosky, tenor
   Brad Walker, bass-baritone

Beethoven’s profound genius, wizardry of imagination, and vice-like grip of sonata-based formal procedures thrust him, even during his lifetime, to the pinnacle of international celebrity. Widely acknowledged as the successor to Mozart, he set the ground rules for the nascent Romantic movement in music. No composer has more greatly affected his age nor more profoundly disturbed and challenged his followers. Beethoven’s sad personal life and tragic physiological decline epitomize Romantic heroism …”

—D. Kern Holoman (Evenings with the Orchestra)

$10 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Standard Seating

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Beethoven returned to symphonic composition after a decade of intellectual crisis and challenge ending in the creative outburst of 1822–23 that produced the Diabelli Variations and the Missa solemnis as well as the Ninth. The hiatus meant that he would need to reconcile the evolution of his compositional technique with the certain public expectation of yet another in what had been a series of triumphs. In the years since the Eighth Symphony he had achieved a new lyricism and simplicity, even a certain intimacy of discourse.

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