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Beethoven’s Ninth

2018-2019 Season, Masterworks

Beethoven’s Ninth

Apr 13
7:30 PM
Apr 14
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Wichita Symphony Chorus & Guest Soloists

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

What's interesting about these concerts?

Don't Stop Me Now
If you’re passionate about something, you never give up! Beethoven made us all look like slackers when he composed his Ninth Symphony, having gone completely deaf by the premiere.

A Universal Message
Spanning many continents and cultures, Beethoven’s Ninth has been used as a beacon of hope and unity in times of struggle, such as over speakers at the Tiananmen Square Protests, and in times of great joy, such as a celebratory performance in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A Bucket List Event
Hearing this magnificent symphony live should be on everyone’s bucket list. We’d love to help you check this masterpiece off!


Cristina Castaldi, soprano
Krystin Skidmore, mezzo-soprano
Michael Hanawalt, tenor
Alan Held, baritone
Wichita Symphony
Wichita Symphony Chorus

Daniel Hege, Music Director & Conductor
Michael Hanawalt, Chorus Director

These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of
Fred & Mary Koch Foundation
The Jayne & Glenn Milburn Fund
Kurt Friesen & Gwen Neufeld
Shoko Kato Sevart & The Late Daniel J. Sevart

Hear samples of the music to be performed at this concert

Michael Hanawalt

About Michael Hanawalt, chorus director

Michael Hanawalt is Director of Choral Activities at Wichita State University, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, the Women’s Glee Club, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Dr. Hanawalt is also the Chorus Director for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Director of Music at University Congregational Church in Wichita. Prior to his appointment at Wichita State, he served as Visiting Instructor in Music at St. Olaf College, where he conducted the Chapel Choir and the Viking Chorus. To learn more about Michael Hanwalt, click here.

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Arrive Early for Concert Talks

If you’d like to learn more about the music in our concert programs, Concert Talks are just what you need! Before every Classics Concert, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will present pre-concert talks which help prepare you and deepen your understanding of the music to be performed in the program. Sometimes our guest soloists even join Maestro Hege for a discussion of their concerto collaboration! Free to all ticket holders, Concert Talks take place in the Concert Hall one hour prior to each Classics performance.

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