Ben Bliss

Presented by San Francisco Symphony

Decades after the teenage Beethoven first read “An die Freude,” his Enlightenment ideals had been trampled but not extinguished by a series of repressive regimes. In 1824, when saying the word “freedom” could get you arrested in Austria, resurrecting Schiller's humanist anthem was a revolutionary act. The same urgent optimism propels Shango Memory, Olly Wilson's tribute to a Nigerian deity and the cultural contributions of the African diaspora.

City: San Francisco

Program Items

Olly Wilson Shango Memory
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9


Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor
Angel Blue Soprano
Tamara Mumford Mezzo-soprano
Ben Bliss Tenor
Dashon Burton Bass

Davies Symphony Hall

Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States