Berkeley Symphony to Conclude Season with ‘Rejoice’

By Francisco Salazar

Berkeley Symphony concludes its historic 50th Anniversary season with “Symphonic III: Rejoice.”

The concert, which will be held on June 12 at Zellerbach Hall, will feature Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, accented by a reimagined libretto set by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Jimmy Lopéz Bellido will present the World Premiere commission of “Rise,” a celebratory work written in honor of the Symphony’s milestone anniversary season.

In a press statement Joseph Young, Music Director of Berkeley Symphony said, “As the final performance of our historic season, Rejoice is a reflection of how we work to create a sense of belonging through music, while honoring Berkeley Symphony’s legacy of innovation and inclusion. By presenting the classical favorite of Beethoven’s Ninth with a modern twist and by highlighting the exciting work of a celebrated composer of our generation, we hope that Rejoice will set the stage for the next 50 years of sharing music that resonates with our communities.”