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Beethoven’s Birthday Finale
Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Anya Matanovič, soprano | Audrey Babcock, mezzo soprano | John Matthew Myers, tenor | Valdis Jansons, bass | TBA, bass
Combined Chorus | Opera Santa Barbara Young Artists
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Excerpts from Fidelio: “Mir ist so Wunderbar,”“Heil sei dem Tag!”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
The Symphony ‘sings’ happy birthday to Beethoven through his very own Fidelio heroine, Leonore, and his supreme achievement, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. From the overture and choral finale from his two-act opera Fidelio to his groundbreaking use of voice in Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony, we celebratethis beloved composer with an “Ode to Joy” during an opening week not to be missed!
Of all the works in the mainstream repertory of Western music, the Ninth Symphony seems the most like a construction of mirrors, reflecting and refracting the values, hopes, and fears of those who seek to understand and explain it …”
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