Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Angel Blue - Soprano
Mihoko Fujimura - Mezzo-soprano
Rolando Villazón - Tenor
Quinn Kelsey - Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir and Community Voices
Joe Miller - Director
Frank - Work in Dialogue with Beethoven
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")
Beethoven was just 25 when he wrote his First Symphony. Delightful and high-spirited, floating on strains of Mozart and Haydn, it's a fascinating glimpse of the greatness and genius to come—all on full, glorious display in the climactic Ninth. Written just a few short years before his death, Beethoven's profound ode to brotherhood, salvation, and pure joy reminds us why we are here as an orchestra, says Yannick, and why we constantly try to make our world better by playing music.
The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Beethoven. The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates this milestone by performing music by composers of today in dialogue with Beethoven's symphonies. Composer-in- Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, and a diverse group of composers from her Creative Academy of Music, offer newly written works that inspire and push boundaries—to elevate the context in which Beethoven's legacy is understood today.