Sep 19, 2023
Beethoven's Supreme Masterpiece
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The Akron Symphony will open its new season with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on September 29 at EJ Thomas Hall. Not only will the evening be the start of a yearlong celebration of 70 years of music, but also mark the 50th anniversary of EJ Thomas Hall, which the Akron Symphony opened in October of 1973 with a performance of … Beethoven’s 9th!

In this episode, we sit down with Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Chorus Director Chris Albanese to discuss a composition that is recognized as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Western tradition, and has become an international symbol of unity and affirmation since its first performance in Vienna in 1824. It is also Beethoven’s final symphony and features one of the most famous finales in music - the Ode to Joy.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra, along with the Akron Symphony Chorus, will present Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on September 29, 7:30 pm, at EJ Thomas Hall. The Preview from the Podium begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at

Musical excerpts are from the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Akron Symphony Chorus performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on January 21, 2017.

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