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The Philadelphia Orchestra

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Jan Regan Photography
Be uplifted by the unprecedented grandeur of sound and emotional intensity of Beethoven’s colossal Missa solemenis. Created for a religious service honoring his student and patron Prince Rudolf of Austria, it rises above traditional liturgical music. A dramatic opening sets the tone for ecstatic voices singing in the Gloria, ascends to magnificent heights with the Benedictus section’s ethereal violin solo, and culminates in a beautiful prayer for peace that celebrates both the Almighty and humanity.


The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Jennifer Rowley, Soprano
Karen Cargill, Mezzo-Soprano
Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Director


BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis

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This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

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