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3/5/07: Beethoven's Ninth

1820 Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Chances are, you've heard the finale from Beethoven's Ninth many times. Ode to Joy is common in cartoons and commercials and is still played to mark pivotal events like the fall of the Berlin wall. Its premiere 183 years ago was entirely different though. The musicians who first performed it had only rehearsed three times. Renowned musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly is coming to Utah to talk about Beethoven's Ninth, Then and Now, and joins Doug for a look at the First Night of the Choral Symphony.

This Thursday March 8th at 7:00 p.m., Thomas Forrest Kelly will present "Beethoven, Then and Now" at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. For more information, click here or call 801-832-2460.

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