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.
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