Last night a sold out crowd at the Spanish River Church was treated to a wealth of sonic splendor during the fourth performance of Beethoven’s 9th. As of the first movement, the audience was captivated at the masterful hands of conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos. The conductor well known in the North East for conducting in venues like Carnegie Hall, Alice Trully Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Broadway led the Orchestra Firenze through three intense and fervent movements highlighted by his passionate rendition of Scherzo: Molto Vivace. Kitsopoulos, remaining true to the Beethoven’s original composition, offered and unaltered vision of Beethoven’s masterpiece not often witnessed as evident during the 4th movement where he, now joined by four marvelous soloists (Susana Diaz- Soprano, Mabel Ledo- Messo-Soprano, Amando Naranjo- Bass-baritone, Martin Nusspaumer- Tenor) and the Master Chorale of South Florida raced through a spirited and inspiring finale. The final movement also known as “Ode to joy” was dynamic and emotional. The Master Chorale instructed by Associate Director Alec Shumacker M.M., presented a far more commanding and vigorous performance then on previous nights. This was Beethoven’s vision come to life. Constantine’s tempos were enthusiastically swift and the Chorale and Orchestra responded with glorious fervor. This was nothing short of spectacular. It’s pleasing to know that they are still two additional performances scheduled in this extended series at the Spanish River Church and Boca Raton Community Church and three more performances with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center in March. You can inquire on all available tickets here.
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