The Ode and the Pianos

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony calls for a big collaboration. In October, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nir Kabaretti joined forces with members of the choruses from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Quire of Voices, UCSB and San Marcos High School, along with noted soloists Jeanine De Bique  (Soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (Mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (Tenor) and DeAndre Simmons (Bass). Here are some video highlights from the 2nd movement and the 4th “Ode to Joy” movement, followed by excerpts from SBSO’s November 20 performance featuring pianists Natasha Kislenko and Markus Groh.