Wednesday 29th April 2020, 8.00 pm

Cork City Hall

The 66th Cork International Choral Festival will be opened by an exclusive Gala Concert celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven in the year of the composer’s 250th anniversary.

The Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Pascoe, and a Festival Chorus formed of Cantairí Mhuscraí, Cor Cois Abhann and East Cork Choral Society will bring their wealth of talent and passion to the distinctive melodies of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”. The concert will feature soloists Mary Hegarty, Raphaela Mangan, John Molloy and Peter Stobart.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German pianist and composer widely considered to be one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. He is the crucial transitional figure connecting the Classical and Romantic ages of Western music and he remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period.

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, also known as Beethoven’s 9th, is the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824 when the composer was almost totally deaf, and first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824. An orchestral work in four movements, it is one of the best-known masterpieces of the Western tradition, it is regarded by many critics and musicologists as one of Beethoven’s greatest works and one of the supreme achievements in the history of western music. Words of the symphony’s famous choral finale, sung by four vocal soloists and a chorus, were taken from Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy”.

“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” is a cantata for chorus and orchestra based on a pair of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The first performance was given on December 25, 1815, in Vienna. The single-movement piece was published in 1822, with a dedication to the poet.


Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112 (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”) – Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 – Ludwig van Beethoven

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