Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Ave Maria University Chamber Choir
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Elisabeth Rosenberg, soprano
Allegra De Vita, mezzo soprano
Frederick Ballentine, tenor
Nicholas Brownlee, bass
Schubert — Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485
Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, “Choral”
Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and recipient of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, Cristian Măcelaru has become a conductor to watch, “the real thing, displaying confidence without arrogance and offering expressiveness without excess demonstration.” (Chicago Sun-Times) Măcelaru will lead the Naples Philharmonic and 100-voice strong Philharmonic Chorus in a soul-stirring performance of Beethoven’s immortal celebration of humanity, Symphony No. 9. Beethoven’s final symphony, the Ninth famously orchestrates Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” and its Enlightenment era themes of freedom and brotherhood. The symphony has influenced composers from Schubert to Mahler and has been an important symbolic touchstone in our own era with performances following the fall of the Berlin Wall, at Olympic ceremonies and as the anthem of the European Union.
These performances are supported by the Myra Janco Daniels Legacy Fund.