Sat December 10 | 7:30 PM


Ode to Joy

Celebrate the holiday season with Ludwig van Beethoven's hymn to humanity, featuring the Eugene Symphony Chorus and a work by First Symphony Composer Gabriella Smith


December 10, 2022 7:30 PM


Ode to Joy

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Kelly Nassief, soprano
Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Michael Dean, bass
Eugene Symphony Chorus, Dr. Sharon Paul, Director

Gabriella Smith: Field Guide

Shawn Kirchner: Hallelujah

Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

There is no experience that compares to hearing a live performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hymn to humanity, starting with the sounds of order emerging from chaos on through to the spine-tingling “Ode to Joy” that will bring you out of your seat in exultation at the end. We also hear First Symphony Project composer Gabriella Smith’s collage of sounds inspired by the natural world, an a capella work sung by the Eugene Symphony Chorus, and another stunning but rarely heard work for chorus and orchestra by Beethoven, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage.


  • Listen to the below Spotify playlist, curated by Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, for inspiration and insight into this exciting classic.
  • Listen to the below podcast from Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast, for a deeper dive into the context and history of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
  • Watch the below video of Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong introducing Beethoven's Ode to Joy offerings.
  • Watch the below documentary by Kerry Candaele about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Filmed on four continents, this documentary film looks at the global impact of Beethoven's hymn to humanity, his battle cry of freedom, his Ninth Symphony.
  • Read our First-Timers Guide to brush up on orchestra vocabulary and find out what to expect from a concert at the Hult Center


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LOCATION: Hult Center for the Performing Arts

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