All Beethoven Fantasy

May 27, 2013
Chorale Bel Canto; photo by Bob Young

Chorale Bel Canto; photo by Bob Young Photography

It will be an aural feast with a dazzling piano soloist joining the chorus and orchestra in the Choral Fantasy, then the exciting and sublime Mass in C for four (terrific) soloists, and our wonderful chorus and orchestra, writes Claudia Bailey, member of Chorale Bel Canto.

The Chorale Bel Canto is a community masterworks chorale that is in its 31st year and is led by Director of Choral Activities Stephen Gothold.

Every year the final concert of our 4-concert season is performed at First United Methodist Church—which has fabulous acoustics!

This year it’s an all-Beethoven program with the Choral Fantasy, Opus 80, which was first performed on 22 December 1808.

It’s a quirky work that is considered a precursor to the choral movement of the 9th Symphony and has melodies that are instantly recognizable.

After intermission, there will be the Mass in C, Opus 86.

Beethoven wrote this sublime piece when he was 37 years old and (wrote this) concurrently with his 5th Symphony. It illustrates the range of emotion, from the sublime and contemplative to jubilant exuberance and hope.

“It’s been the joy of my life to do this, to have the opportunity to stand in front of this great music with great folks.” (Director Stepehn Gothold)

ep-main-beethovenChorale Bel Canto’s All-Beethoven Program
Saturday, June 1st, 4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Tickets: adults, $20; seniors, $17; groups of 10 or more, $15; youth/students, $5
Purchase tickets online here
For more info, visit or call 888.460.9222

Greatness, once it has pierced the heart,
Then blooms anew in all its beauty.
Once one’s being has taken flight,
A choir of spirits resounds in response.
Accept then, you beautiful souls,
Joyously the gifts of high art.
When love and strength are united,
God’s grace is bestowed upon Man.
(English translation to part of text)

Chorale Bel Canto in concert; photo by Bob Young Photography

Chorale Bel Canto in concert; photo by Bob Young Photography





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