Here’s yet another classical music flash mob.  This time it’s from Spain with an inspiring rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” from his Ninth Symphony, which Pacific Symphony just performed earlier this month as well.

If you are in Southern California on August 12, 2012, come join us to hear some of Beethoven’s other hits at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Beethoven looked outside of himself. Profoundly deaf when he composed the Ninth, he wrote a work that starts in lonely darkness and ends up embracing the world, the brotherhood of mankind.

The “Ode to Joy” finale is the first time a symphony included voices. “Oh friends,” it begins, the soloist addressing the audience directly, the orchestra parting the waters for his entrance. The joy of life is what chorus and soloists sing about (in Schiller’s words) and that joy comes from friendship, “a gracious wife,” community. “Be embraced, you millions!” everyone sings. “This kiss for the entire world!”

"March from A Clockwork Orange"
Wendy Carlos’ Arrangement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
performed by Eugene - live at FESTIVAL of EUROPE 2011 (Florence)

Electronic music pioneer Robert Moog would have been 78 years old today and Google is celebrating with a really cool Doodle on their homepage, which is an actual working flash-based minimoog synthesizer and four-track recorder.,0,5049636.story

Wendy Carlos played a big role in popularizing Moog’s synthesizers with her arrangements of classical music especially the music of J.S Bach on albums such as Switched-On Bach (1968), The Well-Tempered Synthesizer (1969) and Switched-On Bach II (1973).  Her renditions reached an even wider audience with the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film A Clockwork Orange (1971), which contains, among other great classical works, an electronic rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” from his Ninth Symphony.

To hear the original acoustic version, come join Pacific Symphony for our free Plazacast, a live simulcast of the Symphony’s Beethoven Ninth performance shown on the Center’s plaza during our Saturday, June 2 concert starting at 9 p.m., with festivities beginning at 8:30 p.m.



Beethoven’s crowning achievement, the epic and exquisite Symphony No. 9, “Choral”—featuring the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy,” which has thrilled listeners around the world for nearly two centuries—brings Pacific Symphony’s 2011-12 classical season to a memorable close. The concert, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, features a monumental union of orchestra and voices that includes Pacific Chorale and four world-class opera singers—soprano Kelley Nassief; mezzo-soprano Susana Poretsky; tenor Chad Shelton; and bass Kevin Deas—who take on the florid and challenging solo passages in the fourth movement.

Taking place Thursday-Sunday, May 31, June 1-3, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, this concert is also part of the Symphony’s Music Unwound series and includes a display of Beethoven-inspired artwork by local artists. A preview talk by composer Ticheli begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$110; for more info or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

For a complete line-up of events taking place for “Beethoven’s Ninth: Inside and Out,” read all about it HERE.

Pacific Symphony invites Southern California artists to submit works for consideration for public display in the lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall during our Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performances in May/June 2012.

Works of all kinds are encouraged and will be considered, though they must be self-contained, free-standing pieces that can be presented in a lobby setting requiring no installation.

Successful submissions will be inspired by the themes of “Brotherhood” as evoked in Beethoven’s final symphony and/or provoke thought about the profound effect this
work has made on our world at large.

Details available at: