Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is the composer’s last complete symphony. Completed in 1824, it is often considered by critics to be one of his greatest works, and many consider it to be one of the greatest compositions of all time. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. The words, sung during the final movement by four soloists and chorus, were taken from the poem Ode to Joy, written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 with text additions made by the composer.
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7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk begins
8:00 pm – Concert begins
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ProgramBeethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral
Conductor/ArtistsJoana Carneiro, Music Director
Laquita Mitchell, Soprano
Michelle Rice, Mezzo-Soprano
Adam Lau, Bass
Marika Kuzma, Chorusmaster
About the Artists
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others.
Michelle Rice brings to her work a rich mezzo voice and notable performance intensity. She has appeared with companies including West Bay Opera, Opera San José, Fresno Grand Opera, Opera Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, and others throughout the United States. Equally compelling on the concert stage, Ms. Rice’s appearances have included the Washington Concert Opera (Albina, La donna del lago), MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall (Mozart’s Coronation Mass), and many other organizations performing works such as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Händel's Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Vivaldi's Gloria.
American bass, Adam Lau, has been praised as a “bass of real quality, with sonorous low notes." During the 2016-17 concert season Lau appeared in his first Wagnerian role, that of Donner in DAS RHEINGOLD, in his return to North Carolina Opera. He will make his debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, singing the title role in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, followed by his Carnegie Hall debut, singing Händel's MESSIAH with The Oratorio Society of NY.
was a professor of music at UC Berkeley for some twenty-five years, directing its symphonic University Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Under her direction, the UC Chamber Chorus achieved critical acclaim particularly for its readings of early and contemporary music. Ms. Kuzma has a special affinity for Slavic choral music.
UC Alumni Chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus
University of San Francisco Classical Choral Ensembles