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    Beethoven 9th Symphony

    Vox Ama Deus

    300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • Friday November 8th 2019, 8:00pm to 10:30pm
    Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125

    In memoriam Lewis du Pont Smith

    Megan Monaghan, soprano
    Raffaella Lo Castro, alto
    Timothy Bentch, tenor
    Richard Zuch, bass

    Two works by Beethoven, one rarely heard (except for its famous “Turkish March”), the other among the most frequently performed—and both written in the context of the Napoleonic Wars. The Ruins of Athens, composed in 1811 shortly after Napoleon’s occupation of Vienna (where Beethoven lived), uses the devastation of Athens by the Ottoman Empire as commentary on the ruins of Austria. The Ninth Symphony was composed during the repressive political environment in Vienna after Napoleon’s defeat and exile. Its soaring final (choral) movement, the “Ode to Joy,” celebrates the triumph of universal brotherhood over war and desperation, and has become the official anthem of the European Union. A concert that is sure to lift your spirits!

    Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, inc
    $25 - $80
    Paul Marchesano

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