The Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s 70th season continues Saturday, December 12, 2015 at The Klein Auditorium with Beethoven’s Ninth and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut– Symphony No. 9. Under the direction of the celebrated Music Director and Principal Conductor Eric Jacobsen who is in his second season with the company, the evening’s festivities will be highlighted by the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell and features Soprano, Sara Heaton, who was a big hit at the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport this past summer, Tenor Alex Richardson, Mezzosoprano Nerea Berraondo and Bass-Baritone Stephen Bryant.
Also, on December 12, join the Greater Bridgeport Symphony just before the concert for their annual holiday food drive taking place in the lobby of The Klein Auditorium from from 7:00pm – 8:00pm to benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, a neighbor to the Klein and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Please bring all non-perishable items and for more information about the food drive go to: www.bridgeportrescuemission.org.
Beethoven was completely deaf at the time that he finished his last symphony, Symphony No. 9 in February 1824. With this, he saw his long awaited chance to use “An die Freude” (“Ode to Joy”) by German poet Friedrich Schiller. Beethoven had wanted to set the poem, which features themes of freedom and brotherhood, to music for a long time. It was envisioned as a salute to a personified Joy, but set as a classical “ode” with stanzas of three quatrains: a strophe, followed by an antistrophe, and ending with a four-line epode. Throughout his career, Beethoven was an avid believer in Enlightenment values and found ways to express those beliefs in many of his compositions.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 broke the barriers of instrumental music by pushing to the point where instrumental music could sing. Then, in a move of utter genius, Beethoven brought in a chorus of voices to make the transformation literal. The voices gave Beethoven potential to say things that were verbal within a medium that had been considered abstract and purely emotional.
More information is listed below.
WHO: Greater Bridgeport Symphony
WHAT:Beethoven’s Ninth and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut – Symphony No. 9
WHERE: The Klein Auditorium – 910 Fairfield Ave.
WHEN: December 12, 2015
Go to Tickets or call (203) 576-0263
Single seat tickets range from $20.00 – $59.00
Group tickets range from $20.00 – $53.00
Group discounts given based on 12 or more people
All children’s tickets are $10.00. Age restrictions apply – 18 and under
Ticketing charges may apply
About The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut:
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut (MCC) was founded in 1984 by alumni of the Fairfield University Chamber Singers who wished to continue their musical association with Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell. Under Dr. Maxwell’s leadership, the Choir has performed a wide range of repertoire in New England, New York, and many European capitals. The Choir’s renditions of the world’s greatest choral masterpieces have earned it a reputation as one of the leading vocal ensembles of the region. Its diverse programming reflects an extensive repertoire from all periods and genres—from classical to contemporary and from opera to theater, film, and pop. The MCC embraces a mission of developing and promoting the choral arts—a mission that begins with the training of its own members and reaches out to the entire community of Fairfield County.