Sarah Ioannides, conductor Symphony Tacoma Voices Soloists: Alexa Jarvis, Melissa Plagemann, Ross Hauck, Charles Robert Stephens World Premiere TBD Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral” Grand finale. Beethoven’s remarkable Symphony No. 9 was the longest and most complex symphony of its time and has been referred to as “the symphony to end all symphonies.” It was first composed to include chorus and vocal soloists with the inclusion of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy in the final movement, making it one of the most recognized melodies of all time. This classic favorite will be paired with a new commission by an American female composer.