Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Lanier’s Symphony for Amelia « Bach Festival Society
  • Wednesday, December 31
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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Lanier’s Symphony for Amelia

A Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra World Premiere 

Beethoven’s revolutionary Symphony No. 9 is one of the most loved pieces of the western classical repertoire.  With its famous “Ode to Joy” closing chorus, it is a timeless piece and sure to inspire awe whenever it is performed. A fitting companion is the world premiere of Symphony for Amelia by Jaron Lanier.
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The Bach Festival Society is pleased to partner with the Winter Park Institute to present the world premiere of Jaron Lanier’s Symphony for Amelia. This piece for choir and full orchestra is like nothing you’ve heard before, with an exciting rhythmic drive and beautiful melodies. The text of the piece comes from a poem by Amelia Lanier, the first published female poet of the English language and friend of Shakespeare.

Read the text of Symphony for Amelia.


Jaron Lanier is a composer, computer scientist, visual artist, and author.  He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia.  Lanier coined the term “Virtual Reality” and founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. While he was at VPL, the company pioneered the first use of virtual reality applications in surgical simulations, among other areas. In 2005 Lanier was selected as one of the top one-hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines and was selected as one of the distinguished thinkers in the 2010 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. The Encyclopedia Britannica includes him in its list of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors.


This program also features a fanfare written by local composer and member of the Bach Festival orchestra, Aaron Lefkowitz, as well as a piece by composer and Rollins College Associate Professor of Theory and Composition Daniel Crozier.


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