Symphony Concert – Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conducted by Yordan Kamdzhalov
Ruse Philharmonic – State Opera Ruse
3 September 2020 (Thu)

Lead singers:
Fabien CONRAD – soprano
Petya Tsoneva – mezzo-soprano
Boris Lukov – tenor
Martin Tzonev – bass

Orchestra of State Opera – Ruse
Choir of State Opera – Ruse and “Danube Sounds” Choir
Choirmaster – Steliana Dimitrova-Hernani

The concert will mark the 250th anniversary from the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
First performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824, Beethoven’s 9th is regarded by many critics and musicologists as Beethoven’s greatest work and one of the supreme achievements in the history of western music. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony (thus making it a choral symphony). The words are sung during the final (4th) movement of the symphony by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the “Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with text additions made by Beethoven.
Hailed by the press as “a philosopher among conductors”, Yordan Kamdzhalov was born in Bulgaria in 1980. In 2011, at age of 30, Yordan Kamdzhalov was unanimously appointed General Music Director in Heidelberg and named Chief Conductor of the Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Schloss Festival. He has since worked with over 50 international orchestras and opera companies such as in London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Helsinki, Lisbon, Singapore, Tokyo, Baltimore, Boston, and Los Angeles.
In 2016 Yordan Kamdzhalov founded the “Genesis Orchestra” consisting of musicians and soloists from leading European orchestras and in November of that year he made his celebrated debut at the Munich Philharmonic Gasteig conducting his newly formed orchestra.