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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles

Friday, December 12th, 2014 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still             Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music.

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