Watch Beethoven 9 and #ShareTheJoy!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor


On May 7, 1824, Beethoven shared his Ninth Symphony even though he could never hear it. We're celebrating the anniversary of Beethoven’s most glorious and jubilant masterpiece by releasing a free on-demand video of this blockbuster concert for all to enjoy! Experience what Maestro Muti calls “the work of a divine architect” and help us share it with the world.

Music is our joy. What's yours? Use #ShareTheJoy and tell us what brings you happiness.


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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor
Camilla Nylund soprano
Ekaterina Gubanova mezzo-soprano
Matthew Polenzani tenor
Eric Owens bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director


Listening guide for students. English and Spanish (pdf) 
Listening guide for adults. English and Spanish (pdf)


Charlie would have turned 19 on September 18, 2014, the date of this performance. He was always sharing joy. He lived and gave with courage. And he was always bringing people together.

Funding for seats at the four performances of this program, for people who otherwise might have been unable to attend, for filming concert, and for distributing it, so it can be freely shared around the world, has been provided by Charlie’s family. It is dedicated to everyone who shares joy, to everyone who lives and gives with courage and to everyone who brings people together.


• “The work has long spoken to Riccardo Muti's deep sense of moral and humanitarian mission, and it was in that spirit that he presented the mighty Ninth. …Muti's concern for textual authenticity told in countless ways. So did the warmly Italianate lyricism and luminous attention to inner voices that shone through his reading of the sublime Adagio. ...The CSO musicians gave their chief all the precise attacks and releases, all the balanced chording and clear articulation he asked for.” — John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune 

• “There are many ways to offer this unique work. Muti asked us to think more than we usually might in a concert hall and then rewarded us with a soaring, humane answer to secular prayers.” — Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times


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