Jeremiah Selvey, Conductor. Wendy Moy, Guest Conductor.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine meant we could not practice synchronously, making ensemble music-making particularly challenging. But we found a way! The SMC Concert Chorale, SMC Chamber Choir, and members of in-residence professional choir Chorosynthesis Singers present an adapted version of our celebration of the sestercentennial of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth (1770). This collaborative performance will explore how Beethoven--a monumental composer--broke the silence of his deafness to transform the field of music. The program will include some of the texts from choral-orchestral works of Beethoven, including the final movement of Symphony No. 9, as well as Jake Runestad’s A Silence Haunts Me, which portrays the vulnerable letter Beethoven wrote to his brother, disclosing the pain of his hearing loss. This concert will also explore the examples of other people who moved beyond their “disabilities”—sometimes even transforming their disabilities to bring significant change to society—including a world premiere by our very own Dr. Brian Driscoll, the text of which is by African-American poet Langston Hughes and written about Helen Keller.