"My favorite part [of Beethoven 9] is in the middle of the fourth movement. The orchestra plays an expansion on the main motifs that slowly consolidates into a repeated unison F#, and then the chorus comes in with the main theme. There is nothing like it! Since the soloists are not singing during the climactic moment, I always watch the audience. I get chills from this moment every time, and what makes it even more powerful is seeing the faces of the audience."
"The Ode to Joy is a pure and raw celebration of brotherhood and unity, an overwhelmingly hopeful anthem that emerges from a chaotic stew of notes. It's a reminder that in the complex and daunting tapestry of life, clarity and a way forward is often profoundly simple and direct."
"The whole purpose of the ‘Ode to Joy’ is to unify people. It embodies that spirit, with people gathered in one place to celebrate goodness, love, and brotherhood."
A conductor considering directing Beethoven’s 9th symphony can be compared to a chaplain planning a visit to the Vatican or a Muslim cleric visiting Mecca! It is a daunting task and a musical pilgrimage that every conductor must attempt at least once but hopefully many times in his or her career—a cleansing act of utmost beauty and spirituality.
Where We Perform
Most BCO concerts are performed the Broomfield Auditorium and the Boulder Adventist Church. These venues provide and intimate feel and wonderful acoustics. Both venues are also conveniently located with ample FREE off-street parking.
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