Music Director Ken-David Masur opens the season with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, “the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man” (E.M. Forster). This unforgettable program, co-curated by the MSO’s 2023.24 Artistic Partner, bass-baritone Dashon Burton, includes Daniel Kidane’s mid-pandemic reflection on the quiet of passing time, Be Still; Eleanor Alberga’s song cycle The Soul’s Expression, which sets poems by George Eliot, Emily Brontë, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to music for strings and baritone; as well as a selection of beloved vocal gems by Schubert.


Please note: The special opening gala performance on Saturday, September 23 includes a modified program and will be performed without intermission.