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Beethoven’s Ninth | Ode to Joy!

Sunday • September 22 • 3:00 pm
Woolsey Hall 500 College St
New Haven, CT 06511 United States

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The orchestra plays on the stage at Woolsey Hall. The Hall is in shadows, and the golden organ pipes rise over the orchestra creating a moody and dynamic scene.

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On the Program

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9

Featured Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Perry So, Conductor & Music Director
Lisa Williamson, soprano
Annie Rosen,
Chad Kranack,
Heritage Chorale of New Haven
New Haven Chorale
Yale Glee Club

About this Performance

Music Director Perry So Opens his first season at Woolsey Hall with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, known best for its triumphant Ode to Joy.

Maestro So says, “We’re kicking off with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, his great 9th symphony in its 200th anniversary year: a deep dive into the unifying joy that all of us find in music. This piece has taken generations through its harrowing journey in oppressive darkness, holding out false promises of an Eden that never materializes, until a voice pulls us back from the brink and shows us the way out of despair through community and through art. I love that this piece brings solace in bereavement at the same moment that it calls for a radical egalitarianism in art. It says to us: “since we are equally human in joy and sadness, together let’s choose the joy that reminds us how much we all share.”


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    Additional Discounts Available for This Performance:

    College Students are $10 with ID. College student tickets are available in price sections B, C, and D.
    Tickets for active military are free with ID.
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  • Explore the Music

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Venezuela Youth Symphony in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (2020)



  • Accessibility

    Ramp & Door Access

    There is a ramp on the Grove Street side entrance to the Schwarzman Center, equipped with push-button access for the door. There is also a wheelchair accessible entrance at the back of the building if entering from Hewitt Triangle, which also has push-button access. The doors to Woolsey Hall are kept open until showtime.

    Seating Options

    Wheelchair accessible seating is available on the first floor of Woolsey Hall. These seats have space considerations for wheelchairs or service animals. There is also companion seating available. If you are in need of mobility considerations with regard to seating, inquire about these options when contacting the box office or email access@newhavensymphony.org.


    Street Parking

    Woolsey Hall is surrounded by metered street parking. Paid street parking in the Woolsey Hall area is available on Grove, College, and Wall Streets, and is free after 9:00 pm. We recommend that you download the GoNewHaven parking app for easy meter pay – no quarters necessary!

    Information about Garage Parking is coming soon!

    Directly outside of Woolsey, there is one (1) ADA spot on Grove Street, three (3) ADA spots on College Street, and one (1) space on Wall Street.

    Public Transportation

    There are several bus lines that service the Schwarzman Center and the downtown New Haven area. The 224, 234, and 278 have a stop on College Street right outside of the Schwarzman Center. The 212, 213, 215, 224, 228, 229, and 234 service the stop at Temple Street and Grove Street, one block from the venue. Riders on lines 237, 238, 241, 243, 246, 254, 255, and 261 can deboard at the top of the New Haven Green at Temple Street and Elm Street. The 204, 206, 223, and 274 stop at Elm Street and Church Street.

    Click here to see a comprehensive map of the bus lines that service downtown New Haven.


    There are bathrooms in the basement of the Schwarzman Center as well as on Floor and 3. Each floor that has a bathroom has two multi-stall restrooms and a single-user restroom. Each multi-stall restroom has an ADA compliant stall, and each single–user restroom is also ADA compliant. The multi-stall restrooms are labeled according to gender. We invite patrons to use whichever restroom best corresponds with their gender identity.

    Sensory Related Accommodations

    Sensory kits and earplugs are available at all of our concerts. Patrons can also request to borrow ear defenders for the duration of the concert. To obtain a pair, see a staff member or visit the welcome table.

    Large Print Programs

    Large print programs are available at all of our concerts and can be acquired from a staff member or visit the welcome table.


    Elevators are located on the outer rotunda on the first floor of the Schwarzman Center. You can use the elevator to reach any floor of Woolsey Hall; however, please note that only the first floor offers wheelchair accessible seating.

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