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Grand Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

  • Civic Center for the Performing Arts 501 South Holmes Avenue Idaho Falls, ID, 83401 United States (map)

ISU Concert Choir & Camerata Chorus

Dr. Scott Anderson, music director

Diana Livingston-Friedley, soprano

Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano

Eric Gustafson, tenor

Rubin Casas, bass-baritone

Thomas Heuser, conductor

What’s interesting about this concert?

  • Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven! We are thrilled that the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 coincides with our 70th anniversary season.

  • Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony sent music history in two directions. Composers of the “New German School” argued that after Beethoven’s Ninth, instrumental music needed a powerful, programmatic text to guide the listener, like Shiller’s Ode to Joy had done for Beethoven. The debate raged for decades.

  • The Ninth Symphony was last performed by the Idaho Falls Symphony in the spring of 2009, just over 10 years ago. The work ranks among the most-frequently performed symphonies in the world by far.

  • Soprano Diana Livingston-Friedly first performed with Thomas Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony in 2012 for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Baritone Rubin Casas first performed with Thomas Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony in 2013 for the Verdi and Wagner Bicentennial Celebration.

Thomas says:

What You’ll Hear


Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (20 minutes)

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Choral (65 minutes)

Community Connections

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