To help provide solace in a challenging time, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association will present its 2014 concert video of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as a Facebook Premiere event beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12 (Central).

Widely recognized as one of music’s most powerful and inspiring works, Beethoven’s Ninth culminates in the “Ode to Joy” finale, a setting of Friedrich Schiller’s hymn to universal brotherhood. Muti has called Beethoven’s Ninth, which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform again June 18-21 (with a rehearsal June 17) as part of the orchestra’s Beethoven 250 celebration, “the work of a divine architect.” The work’s message, Muti believes, is that “we should all become brothers and sisters,” united in humanity.

The Facebook Premiere event also will feature interactive commentary online throughout the presentation. After the event, the concert video will remain available for on-demand streaming.

Recorded at Orchestra Hall on Sept. 18, 2014, under Riccardo Muti, the CSO’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth also features the Chicago Symphony Chorus (prepared by Chorus Director Duain Wolfe), and vocal soloists soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass-baritone Eric Owens. The performance, which opened the CSO’s 2014-15 season, has garnered more than 20.8 million views since then on YouTube.

Special support from an anonymous donor made it possible to share the 2014 CSO performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with a worldwide audience via free, on-demand video streaming, as well as the Facebook Premiere event and Facebook on-demand streaming.

For related articles about Beethoven’s Ninth and the CSO’s performance of this work, please click the following links:

Muti on the message of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Beethoven’s Ninth: The basics for adult listeners

TOP: Riccardo Muti, Duain Wolfe, the CSO and Chorus and featured soloists take a bow after Beethoven’s Ninth. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014