This weekend: Choral Society featured in Beethoven tribute

The Stamford Symphony and the Greenwich Choral Society will join forces to present Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony.

On March 23 and 24, the Stamford Symphony’s concert weekend will highlight classical music’s most dramatic work, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and will feature the Greenwich Choral Society.

Stamford Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu calls the collaboration, and performing the Ninth “a dream come true.”

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, more than any other work in the orchestral repertoire, is iconic. It premiered on May 7, 1824, and it is well-known that Beethoven, who was profoundly deaf at this point, had to be turned around to see the rousing applause because he could not hear it. Enthusiasm for this great work has not waned in the nearly 200 years since its premiere.

According to Maestro Preu, “Beethoven’s Ninth is a celebration of brotherhood and humanity, and is relevant today because of its humanist message.”

The choral movement is considered to be the musical embodiment of freedom.

Greenwich Choral Society Music Director, Paul Mueller said, “It is a landmark composition that powerfully projects a vision of humanity unified and uplifted through the power of the music.”

He added, “It is a pleasure for Greenwich Choral Society to collaborate with the Stamford Symphony and to project Eckart Preu’s vision of the soaring idealism of Beethoven.”

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be performed by the Stamford Symphony and the Greenwich Choral Society on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

For tickets and more information: 203-325-4466 or Stamfordsymphony.org.

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