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 Chorus
Daniel Hege, Music Director & Conductor
Michael Hanawalt, Chorus Director
These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of
Kurt Friesen & Gwen Neufeld
Shoko Kato Sevart & The Late Daniel J. Sevart
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.