Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

Long known as a work calling for humanity to unite as “brothers,” Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony has stirred whole societies to lofty ideals since its premiere in 1824. Los Angeles based composer Reena Esmail epitomizes the many facets of being and having a sister in her radiant work that joins Western Classical Music and Hindustani Classical Music traditions. The California Lutheran University Choir and Pepperdine University Concert Choir join leading vocal soloists under the direction of Michael Christie.


Reena Esmail | Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz (My Sister’s Voice)
Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No.9


Michael Christie, conductor
Saili Oak, Hindustani soprano
Ann Toomey Soprano
Courtney Jameson, mezzo soprano
Casey Candebat, tenor
Craig Irvin, baritone
California Lutheran University Choral Ensembles & Arete Vocal Ensemble, Wyant Morton, director
Pepperdine University Choral Ensembles, Ryan Board, director

New West Symphony requires that all persons remain masked when indoors for the upcoming performances. 

Program and artists are subject to change.

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