"A Kiss for All the World"

Xavier to host a CSO Listening Party for Beethoven"s Ode to Joy | October 15, 2012

Xavier University will host a listening party on Nov. 1 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at Bellarmine Chapel as part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s One City, One Symphony program. It encourages the community to come together through listening to music. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which concludes with the exhilarating "Ode to Joy,” is the perfect vehicle to celebrate our shared humanity.

Xavier University’s listening party will be co-hosted by CSO violinist Sylvia Samis and Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement. Come listen and learn with your friends and neighbors and meet some new folks in a fun, informal discussion. Listening Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations strongly encouraged but not required. RSVP at http://tickets.cincinnatisymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=3539 or email information@cincinnatisymphony.org and indicate how many will attend the Nov. 1 Xavier session.

The multi-week initiative culminates in three CSO performances of the entire Ninth Symphony (with its “Ode to Joy” finale) with the May Festival Chorus on November 15, 17 and 18 at Music Hall, led by Louis Langrée, who officially begins his tenure as CSO Music Director in 2013. Paired with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, the Ninth Symphony will carry the audience from darkness to light, from despair to elation. This is an exploration of ideas, bringing people from all walks of life together in a shared arts experience to generate community connectedness and dialogue.