About this Performance
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has long been considered a testament to freedom, peace, and solidarity. Adopted by the European Union as its official anthem, the climactic “Ode to Joy” honors music as a universal language and highlights values shared around the world. Bernstein carries that celebratory spirit in his Chichester Psalms, an uplifting and atmospheric conglomerate of Hebrew verses, Christian choral tradition, and the punchy rhythms a la West Side Story. Countertenor Key’mon Murrah, praised for his “phrasing with the feel of fine silk” (Opera News) contrasts the first and last movement’s peppy bongos and lush string harmonies with a gentle solo accompanied by harp.See other concerts in this series
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