In Ears Wide Open, you are taken on a unique musical journey by host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner. Nicholas together with the musicians of the MSO
will deconstruct famous classical pieces so that you understand the
context, history and story behind these well-known works. You will get
into the mind of the composer, will hear the musicians perform what is
being explained, and you will dive deeply into the pieces.
The third Ears Wide Open concert for 2020 is Beethoven’s epic
Symphony No.9. Composed between 1822–1824, this piece is popularly
regarded as one of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, and one of
history’s most influential works.
While Beethoven’s inclusion of a chorus and vocal soloists in the
final movement of his Symphony No. 9 seems like a sudden departure from
the form he had worked his whole life to perfect, many threads and
themes in his earlier symphonies had been leading him in this direction.
This Ears Wide Open will seek to explore and untangle some of those
threads and will particularly focus on the achingly beautiful third
movement; the movement that would be his last purely instrumental