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The UCLA Chorale and Angeles Chorale will join forces June 5th with the YMF Debut Orchestra to bring Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis to Royce Hall. Missa Solemnis, or Solemn Mass, is one of Beethoven’s most challenging and intricate works, and was written around the time of his Ninth Symphony when his hearing loss was near total. Professor Donald Neuen, UCLA Director of Choral Activities, will be conducting the performance in what will be a triumphant conclusion to his 17th year at UCLA. He explains the gravity of Missa Solemnis, a work considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest: “More astounding was that he composed them during the same four to five year period (1818-1823) four years before his death at age 57. And even more incredible: he was completely deaf at that time, unparalleled accomplishments for one who could not hear.” The concert will feature over 200 singers and four soloists, including Michael Dean, Chair of Vocal Studies at UCLA. The piece will also showcase the YMF Debut Orchestra, renowned throughout Los Angeles as a long-standing pre-professional orchestra that performs free concerts for the public at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office or online at http://www.tickets.ucla.edu/