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Beethoven 9

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Hayes Hall

Apr 12, 8:00pm – Apr 10, 8:00pm
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Beethoven 9

Naples Philharmonic
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.

Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Known for his thoughtful interpretations, poise and energetic conviction on the podium, conductor Cristian Măcelaru began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011. In November 2012 the Philadelphia Orchestra elevated his title to Associate Conductor in recognition of his artistic contributions.

Măcelaru received the 2012 Sir George Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the foundation’s history, and in February 2012, earned rave reviews stepping in for Pierre Boulez to conduct the Chicago Symphony through a week of subscription concerts. 

In addition to conducting, Măcelaru serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, which brings young musicians together in a variety of settings to perform with established artists.


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