First Annual New Year’s Beethoven No. 9

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L.A. Daiku partners with Pasadena Master Chorale and Daiku Orchestra for a performance on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Movement “Kanki no Uta” or “Ode to Joy.” The performance will take place at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel.

In Japan, Beethoven’s 9th is performed in Japan at the beginning and conclusion of the year. Southern California Beethoven devotees are encouraged to join in what will be the start of a festive local tradition.

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein will conduct the L.A. Daiku Orchestra and the 125-member joint chorus. The four soloists for the “Ode to Joy” are: Krystle Casey, soprano; Jessica Mamey, mezzo-soprano;  Arthur Rishi, tenor; and Cedric Berry, baritone.

Admission: $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://pasadenamasterchorale.org. For information, call Yasumasa Tanano at (310) 625-4222.

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