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Beethoven’s Ninth with Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl- July 13 & 18

The whole world is widely familiar with the impressive start of Beethoven’s 5th symphony, which is probably the most distinctive four-note motif in music history. Beethovens 9th symphony however is considered Beethoven’s greatest work, if not “the greatest compositions in the western musical canon”.

It is Beethoven’s final complete composition and one, in which voices are being used in a symphony for the very first time. Hence the name “Choral Symphony”. The famous “Ode to Joy”, which follows a poem by Friedrich Schiller, is known all over the world, but it has a much deeper meaning for us Germans. I may say it has become somehow part of our German National Anthem. Especially since the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk has been broadcasting “Ode to Joy” together with the official German National Anthem (“Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit”) shortly before midnight since New Year’s Eve 2006.”

But Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is also used as the anthem of the European Union and stands with the other European symbols for the whole of Europe. It also serves as the theme song to the European qualifying of the 2018 World Cup football competition.

On July 13 or 18, you can experience Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl! Dudamel’s all-consuming love of music drives him to invest every note with meaning and new life. Don’t miss it when he leads Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the first piece he performed as Music Director of the LA Phil.

Tickets are on sale now! http://bit.ly/hb17_Calendar_Beethovenninth 

One lucky CaliforniaGermans reader will have the opportunity to receive One Voucher valid for two guests. The voucher is good for two tickets to a variety of Hollywood Bowl concerts!

Here is how to get the voucher: – All you need to do is send us an email to : californiagermans [at] gmail.com , and put in the subject line: “I am ready for my Hollywood Bowl Voucher”

The first CaliforniaGermans writing us an email as described above, will receive one voucher that is good for two tickets for a variety of Hollywood Bowl concerts not only Beethoven’s 9th Symphony!

Sources: wikipedia, Deutsche Welle,

Credits: LA PHIL





Beethoven Night at the San Francisco Symphony – Ticket Special for all CaliforniaGermans

Beethoven wikipedia

Beethoven and Haydn – in San Francisco, April 20 & 23, 2016

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to experience two of Germany’s celebrated composers, Beethoven and Haydn. Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 2 as well as Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D will be on the program with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall next week on April 20 and 23, 2016.

CaliforniaGermans teamed up with the San Francisco Symphony, which is offering a 25% discount on regular tickets to all our CaliforniaGermans readers for these exclusive nights of classical music.

To purchase tickets at a 25% discount please click on the following link:


the “Beethoven Night” Program

The concert on April 20 and 23 , called Beethoven Symphony Nr. 2, includes the following program as well as Pre- and Post-Show Events:

Rameau – Suite from Pygmalion
Haydn – Piano Concerto in D
Biber – Battalia á 9
Beethoven – Symphony No. 2
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Piano: Ingrid Fliter

Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk by Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders. Learn More.

Guest artist signing: Pianist Ingrid Fliter will be available for autographs following the April 22-23 concerts. Signing takes place in the orchestra lobby, near the Symphony Store.


When ordering tickets please keep a few things in mind:
1/If people want to sit next to each other they need to book tickets in a single order
2/in order to get the discounted ticket you need to select ‘Group”
3/Each order will only carry a $5.00 dollar service fee instead of a $10.00 regular service fee thanks to this discount.
4/Tickets are first come first serve, no hold on tickets has been placed.
6/Tickets are usually mailed to the address you give when purchasing the tickets but they can also choose Will call or print at home, no E-ticket.


Image : Joseph Karl Stieler (1781–1858)  – Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis.



Berliner Philharmoniker at Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles

The Berlin Philharmonics, commonly described as one of the world’s greatest orchestras,  are coming to Los Angeles. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, they can be heard at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday, Nov. 23, 8pm with Brahms’ Piano Quartet No.1 and Brahms’ Symphony No.1. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8pm with Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger” Overture, Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No.1 and Brahms’ Symphony No.2

Find out more under LAPhil.com or (323)-850-2000