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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

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Benaroya Hall Downtown
Thu., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 7, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 8, 2 p.m. 2017 All Ages

$28-$122

Things you may or may not know about Beethoven’s 9th: It was his last symphony. Other composers became scared of writing a ninth symphony because the ninth was his last. He was almost totally deaf when he conducted the premiere, so the performers had to ignore him entirely! He was so deaf he couldn’t hear the applause at the end—five standing ovations in all. A contralto named Caroline Unger had to turn him around so he could see the clapping hands and stuff thrown into the air. Caroline Unger was on the bill because Beethoven added singing to the final movement of this huge mother, which takes more than an hour to perform, post-to-post. Whew. ANDREW HAMLIN

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Benaroya Hall

200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
206-215-4700
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 7, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 8, 2 p.m. 2017