Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Eugene’s Hult Center

One of my goals in life is to attend at least one performance of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. So far I’ve got the Third and the Sixth. Now, the Ninth. Much of it had me grinning sillily and nearly brimming with tears, partly because it’s one of my favorite pieces of music, and partially because, well, it’s Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It is the reason. The performance was not perfect, but I’ll let this R-G review do the talking there:

Link: Symphony captures the joy of the season – The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA.

10 thoughts on “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Eugene’s Hult Center”

  1. Believe it or not, I like classical music, too. I just haven’t listened to as much as I know I should. I believe every form of music nowadays can learn something from classical; also, out of a lot of forms of music, I believe that my favorite, metal, is the one influenced most today by the uses of sound and structure made in classical music. Take a listen to a lot of black metal: Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth (one of my absolute favorites), and espeically Iced Earth, often use a lot classical orchestras in their music and the way the songs are written structured. Some have denounced rock bands (like Metallica, Deep Purple, and The Scorpions) from performing with orchestras. But, the difference is, with black metal bands, the songs are being written structured with the orchestras already in mind. And some songs are also written and structured with that sort of classical feel to them. If you can, take a listen to one of my all-time favorite songs, “Dante’s Inferno” by Iced Earth. A veritable portrait of descending the nine plains of Hell in a mere 16 1/2 minutes! The influence of classical IS in metal…you just need to know where to look! 🙂 P.S. In 2004, the Eugene Weekly published a CD review I wrote for the then Iced Earth album, “The Glorious Burden.” On Disc 2 of that album is one of the most moving pieces of music I’ve ever heard. That disc contains a 32-33 minute piece (spread out over 3 tracks), entitled “Gettysburg (1863).” Written about the harrowing three-day battle which took place in early July, 1863 during the Civil War. It is worth hearing, even if one is not a fan of metal. -MTS

  2. cosmos, you’re so right. And that’s music of any genre… I just won’t even go into some of the songs that get me right in the soul. For me though, classical is one of the most moving genres, and covers such a huge range of emotions.

  3. Completely unrelated response to this post, but… it’s the 24th down here, so…
    Wishing you a super duper one.
    Lots of love & LFPs,
    Ging xo

  4. Thanks! It was a very good birthday – complete with landing in Denver just after the hour turned. I turned 29 while coming down off a very very rocky plane ride… but at least we got there – and in one piece.

  5. You finally saw my post – yay!
    Glad you ‘ad a super bday… so the big 3-0’s NEXT YEAR… Well, well, I think you might have to celebrate that one in Aus…

  6. Oh no – next year, we are spending the holidays here, m’dear, in Oregon – it’ll be my first birthday, and our first Christmas, in the house. That has already been decided. But if you’d like to come up… hint hint… our bedroom will be done, and there’d be plenty of room for you and Paulus!


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