Beethoven, Tower, and Adams (Nov. 9, Lowell)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7 PM

Durgin Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Featuring Cynthia Woods, Music Director

Symphony No. 9 in D minor


Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

John Adams

Joan Tower

General admission is free for this event (Nov. 9 only).
Indra Thomas, soprano
Joanna Porackova, mezzo soprano
Giovanni Formisano, tenor
Ron Loyd, baritone


In collaboration with
University Choir and Chamber ChoirUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell

Jonathan Richter, director
Members of the Nashoba Valley Chorale
Anne Watson Born, director
Nashua High School North Concert Choir
Brianne Biastoff, director
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra joins forces with four acclaimed soloists – Indra Thomas, Joanna Porackova, Giovanni Formisano, and Ron Loyd – and the choral forces of the University Choir and Chamber Choir from University of Massachusetts Lowell, Members of the Nashoba Valley Chorale, and the Nashua High School North Concert Choir to present two powerful works for chorus and orchestra, one classic and one contemporary, side-by-side in concert.

Ludwig van Beethoven completed his Symphony No. 9 (1824) three years before his death. This monumental final symphony, a masterpiece of lyrical beauty and heroic triumph, moves toward utopian celebration with the stirring “Ode to Joy,” for which Beethoven introduced soloists and chorus into a major symphony for the first time. 

As a modern complement to Beethoven’s Ninth, John Adams‘ minimalist choral work Harmonium (1981) sets to music the haunting poetry of John Donne and Emily Dickinson. Adams has described the genesis of his composition as “one of human voices – many of them – riding upon waves of rippling sound.” The program opens with Joan Tower‘s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 (1986) performed by the CSO brass.


The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra thanks the Massachusetts Cultural Council for supporting our 2019-20 season.

Parking Locations for Persons with Disabilities
Please visit the university’s website for more information on accessible parking on campus.
Solomont Way (South Campus) is the closest accessible parking lot to Durgin Hall.