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Joy! Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Diablo Symphony


Feb 9, 2020
02:00 PM until 04:30 PM


Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a work that holds a unique place in the symphonic and choral canon: his Ninth (Choral) Symphony.  This remarkable musical journey in search of joy and unity has resonated across countries and centuries, culminating in a setting of Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” that has become one of the most recognized melodies in Western music.  Almost completely deaf, Beethoven, onstage to indicate tempos throughout the premier performance, was unaware of the audience’s reaction until coaxed to turn around: raised hands, with handkerchiefs and hats flying in the air, during 5 standing ovations! The orchestra will be joined by Bay Area soloists Carrie Hennessey, Soprano,  Betany Coffland, Alto,  Michael Jankosky, Tenor, and Zachary Gordin, Bass. Also featured are the award winning high school concert choirs of Danville’s San Ramon Valley High and Moraga’s Campolindo High.

The concert also features Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and his Opferlied (“Song of Sacrifice”) with soloist Betany Coffland.

The Saturday and Sunday performances are under the direction of Matilda Hofman, Music Director and Conductor of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra.  Advance tickets are available at the Lesher Center box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, or by visiting https://www.diablosymphony.org.  Adults, $35; Youth 13–17, $10; Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Season Sponsors: John and Lorus Mosher, Patrick and Shirley Campbell Foundation


Adults $35, Youth 13-17 $10, Children 12 and under Free


View map Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
1801 Lacassie Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94596, CA

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