Friday, July 14, 2023

Turn Up the Joy: Beethoven 9 Expanded with Marin Alsop, the CSO, and special guests

Opening Night of the 87th Chicago Symphony Orchestra Residency

Venue: Pavilion Part of: CSO Residency
Genre: Classical
Donor Gates Open:
4:30 PM
Gates Open:
5:00 PM
Concert Starts:
8:00 PM
Season Sponsor: In Memory of Charles and Margery Barancik
Sponsor: The CSO Opening Night “Ode to Joy” Consortium
Media Support: WBBM


Reserved Seats: $35–$145
Premium Lawn Blocks: $65*
General Lawn Admission: $17

* Price per person; must reserve full block of 2, 4, or 6

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No dining reservations available.


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  Additional performance:

Adrian Dunn Singers, 6:30 p.m. on the Carousel Stage


Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Marin Alsop, conductor
Janai Brugger, soprano #
Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano #
Paul Appleby, tenor #
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Adrian Dunn Singers
Ayodele Drum & Dance
Jim Gailloreto Trio
Senn High School Choir

# Ravinia Steans Music Institute alum



Opening night brings a unique experience of history’s definitive ode to togetherness. Leading into Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Marin Alsop combines the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Adrian Dunn Singers, and Senn High School Choir in Reena Esmail’s See Me, which she commissioned with the Baltimore Symphony to be a direct prelude to Beethoven’s music.

Expanding on the “Global Ode to Joy” she envisioned with Carnegie Hall for the composer’s 250th in 2020, Alsop then connects each movement through the global spirit of African drumming and a jazz trio. The “Ode to Joy” itself hits greater resonance through the words of former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, echoing the call for equality and freedom of the original Friedrich Schiller poem in contemporary terms and reflecting the experiences of community and politics today. This English adaptation was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the “Global Ode to Joy.”

Before the performances in the Pavilion, the Adrian Dunn Singers share music from Dunn’s Emancipation—recently televised in a PBS special concert—which fuses classical, gospel, and hip-hop music with spirituals to explore what it means to be Black and free in the United States in the 21st century. Inspired by the writing of Maya Angelou, Marlon Riggs, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and others, Emancipation honors the journeys of Black lives through genres created by Black Americans.


Turn Up the Joy: Beethoven 9 Expanded 

Reena Esmail:   See Me
Ludwig van Beethoven:   Symphony No. 9 (with African percussion and jazz interludes; “Ode to Joy” text by Tracy K. Smith)
No Intermission

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