Philharmonic brings Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' alive

The April 9 concert will be held at Plymouth Salem High School
By: Michigan Philharmonic
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - March 22, 2022 - PRLog -- A celebration of Ludwig Beethoven's most fabled symphony is planned for Saturday, April 9 as the Michigan Philharmonic presents its "Ode to Joy" concert featuring the masterful "Ninth Symphony" and a special, newer piece created in honor of the great German composer.

Led by Conductor and Music Director Nan Washburn, now in her 23rd season, the orchestra will perform the "Ninth Symphony" as well as the 2018 piece written by Michael Gilbertson called "The Beautiful and the Good," an inspiring homage to Beethoven and his glorious music.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Plymouth Salem High School Gloria Logan Auditorium (46181 Joy Road, Canton, Michigan).

Joining the Philharmonic will be four soloists from Michigan as well as three local choirs - Schoolcraft College Chorale led by Jonathan Drake, the Plymouth Oratorio Society led by Richard Ingram and the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools High School Choir led by Jennifer Neumann.

The works of featured composer Michael Gilbertson have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by the New York Times, "vivid, tightly woven" and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun, "genuinely moving" by the Washington Post, and "a compelling fusion of new and ancient" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gilbertson is the BMI Composer in Residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Quartet. Gilbertson's music has earned five Morton Gould Awards from ASCAP, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a BMI Student Composer Award.

The talented soloists planned for Beethoven's "Ninth" are soprano Sara Emerson, mezzo soprano Katy Calzone tenor Scott Piper and bass Jonathan Lasch.

For tickets, contact the Michigan Philharmonic at or call (734) 451-2112. You can also contact the Philharmonic at

All of the Philharmonic's concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions in place at the venues listed.

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