The American Classical Orchestra presents Beethoven's towering final symphony realized with the thrilling textures and nuanced blend of period instruments and fine vocalists. Beethoven's Symphony 9 is one of the most well-known symphonies of the 20th Century and has been performed by almost every major symphony orchestra in the world. While often known for it's grand finale and large chorus, the ACO's performance will focus more on the preservation of the original sound and presenting it as the audiences of the 19th Century heard it. This ACO performance will begin with maestro Thomas Crawford’s engaging introduction with the orchestra and chorus onstage. The audience will hear live excerpts and insights before listening to the symphony. The combination of pre-symphony talk and period instrument performance offers a rare and meaningful immersion into this great work.