Canopy of Stars

Sunday, December 8, 2019

3 PM

The Kravis Center

2 hours

Program Notes

© 2019 Aaron Grad

In the right hands, music transcends the earthly realm, elevating simple notes and rhythms into stardust and wonder. No composer ever managed that transformation quite like Beethoven, a deaf and obstinate man whose Ninth Symphony has come to signify the unity and hope of humankind, and whose Fourth Piano Concerto ponders the ineffable mysteries of the universe.

Concert Highlights

  • Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducts the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra in the first concert of their 2019-20 season.
  • World renowned pianist Horacio Gutierrez performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.
  • The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches and The Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches will join Palm Beach Atlantic University's Oratorio Chorus for a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
  • The final movement of Beethoven's 9th, Ode to Joy, is the anthem of the Council of Europe and European Union.


Beethoven Symphony No. 9