The Sarasota Orchestra: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Conductor Anu Tali

Join us for our final Tuesday Masterwork with The Sarasota Orchestra as we bring you an encore presentation from last year with the concert that marked then Music Director Anu Tali’s final concert with the orchestra, playing Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 9.

Symphony No. 9

Despite losing his hearing by 1814, Beethoven continued to compose works. Among these was his Symphony No. 9 that debuted in May of 1824 at Vienna’s Theater am Kärntnertor. Beethoven “conducted” the premiere but due to his deafness, the orchestra was instructed to ignore the conductor and instead follow Michael Umlauf, the actual conductor.[1] Nevertheless, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony continues to transcend time as one of the world’s greatest pieces of music ever written.

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[1] Schwarm, Betsy. “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 21 Feb. 2019,