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Beethoven 9: Joy to the World

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Schuster Center May 13, 2022 8:00 pm
Schuster Center May 14, 2022 8:00 pm

Experience the Dayton Philharmonic perform Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9, often referred to as “Ode to Joy,” alongside a multimedia tribute to life in the oceans and Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto.


Stella Sung Oceana

Clara Schumann Piano Concerto

  1. 1. Allegro maestoso
  2. 2. Romanze: Andante non troppo con grazia
  3. 3. Finale: Allegro non troppo – Allegro molto

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy”

  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  2. 2. Scherzo. Molto vivace – Presto
  3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
  4. 4. Finale. Presto

Olive W. Kettering Memorial Concert

About the Concert

Stella Sung’s Oceana is a multimedia tribute to life in the oceans—a soundscape alive with the calls of humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but also frightening—showing humankind’s incursion on a fragile ecology. Clara Schumann, an outstanding-but-overlooked composer of the Romantic Era, was also hailed as a virtuoso pianist. Her youthful Piano Concerto is making its DPO debut, performed by returning soloist Sara Davis Buechner. To conclude, the monumental Ninth embodies the ideals we associate with Beethoven, expressed majestically and powerfully and epitomized in Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” the text set in the final movement. It celebrates a world united in brotherhood and friendship, while the music’s euphoric harmonies enfold us in a sublime embrace.

Featured Artists

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Caitlin Crabill, soprano
Kristen Choi, mezzo-soprano
Robert Stahley, tenor
Lester Lynch, baritone

Neal Gittleman, conductor

Hank Dahlman, Director
Dayton Philharmonic Chorus

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Dayton Philharmonic Chorus