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Juraj Valčuha
Minnesota Chorale | © Courtney Perry

Valčuha Conducts Beethoven’s Ninth

Thu Nov 18 - Sat Nov 20, 2021

Orchestra Hall

~2 hrs including a 20 min intermission

Beethoven’s cry for universal community in his Ninth Symphony is so needed today. Juraj Valčuha conducts the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale, with guest soloists Melody Moore, Kelley O’Connor, Sean Panikkar and Mark S. Doss. A sonorous Sinfonietta by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson opens the program in a place of joy and delight.

A Few Things to Know

  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was the Music Director of the Jerome Robbins American Theater Lab and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as the founder of the Symphony of the New World.
  • The Orchestra’s most recent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth occurred across the Atlantic Ocean as the final piece on the Orchestra’s South Africa tour, in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary.
  • The Minnesota Chorale has been the featured choir in many Minnesota Orchestra performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony since 1975. 

Date & Time





    Sinfonietta No. 1

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    This string sinfonietta comes from early in Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s career, prior to his serious ventures into the jazz world. The first movement is full of rhythmic shifts and Baroque influences, the second is a slow song built on melodies that proceed stepwise, and the action-packed rondo finale revisits the opening movement’s materials.


    Symphony No. 9, Choral

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth, perhaps the most famous symphony ever written, journeys from darkness to light and culminates in the timeless Ode to Joy, a call to universal brotherhood. Premiered when its creator was completely deaf, this was the first symphony to employ the human voice, with four soloists and a choir in the final movement.


Minnesota Orchestra

Juraj Valčuha


Melody Moore


Kelley O’Connor


Sean Panikkar


Mark S. Doss


Minnesota Chorale

Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Concert Preview

with Phillip Gainsley

When: Thu Nov 18 | 10:15am - 10:35am
Where: Auditorium

Join Phillip Gainsley and special guests for a conversation about this program and more.

Concert Preview

with Phillip Gainsley

When: Fri Nov 19 & Sat Nov 20 | 7:05pm -7:25pm
Where: Auditorium

Join Phillip Gainsley and special guests for a conversation about this program and more.

Spread Help & Hope this Holiday Season

During November, we're partnering with Good in the 'Hood to collect $25 gift cards to support the Adopt a Family program, which allows parents to choose gifts that best fit the needs of their families.

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored By


The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is sponsored by Jim and Jane Matson