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January 28, 2022 8:00PM - January 30, 2022 7:30PM
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Michael Francis, conductor
Felicia Moore, soprano

Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Derek Taylor, tenor
Kevin Thompson, bass
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Brett Karlin, artistic director

Runestad: A Silence Haunts Me
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

This program will be performed without intermission.

Maestro Michael Francis conducts the pinnacle of symphonies, bringing audiences to their feet to rejoice in the Ode to Joy chorus, featuring The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Beethoven apparently contemplated more than 200 versions of the Ode to Joy theme before he settled on one, like he knew the symphony would carry the weight of history: On Christmas Day 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted it to celebrate the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, changing “joy” to “freedom” in the Ode to Joy chorus. The symphony was an immediate hit at its premiere in 1824 in Vienna.

COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION including artist bios, program notes, and maps to our venues can be found by clicking here.

PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATIONS: Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. Sponsored by Smith & Associates Real Estate

HEALTH & SAFETY: For information on how we are keeping each other safe in the concert hall, click here.

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January 30, 2022 7:30PM


Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - Ruth Eckerd Hall

Due to the close proximity of the concert, tickets are available exclusively through Ruth Eckerd Hall. Click here to buy tickets.

Dates, programs, artists and venues are subject to change. All sales final. Sorry, no refunds.

Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required for all TFO patrons and staff in all venues, regardless of vaccination status. For more information on how we are keeping each other safe in the concert hall, click here.

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