Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ to close Jacksonville Symphony season

Courtney Lewis is music director of the Jacksonville Symphony.

Subsequent 7 days we complete the remaining classical concert events of the year. We’ll open up with a brand name-new do the job composed by Tarik O’Regan, commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony. O’Regan was born in England of Irish and Algerian mom and dad and now life in the U.S. His piece, “Trances,” is an exploration of his childhood memories of Moroccan pop audio. It is a intriguing glance at how time influences our recollections, like a haze of fog that impacts our vision.

Right after that we’ll complete Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s tough to know in which to start out when conversing about this colossus, which is just one of the most essential, beloved and powerful parts of art in Western tradition. It is unique from Beethoven’s other symphonies because it introduces words and phrases for the initial time, sung by a choir and a quartet of soloists. When we hear to any of Beethoven’s other 8 symphonies, we are listening to summary new music that doesn’t have concrete semantic meaning — they are just music, like an abstract painting is just art. But because of the introduction of text, the Ninth is about a thing.

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