The Maine Music Society and Bates College Present Beethoven’s 9th Symphony “Ode to Joy”

  • Date: March 29, 2020
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  • Location: Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston

The Maine Music Society and Bates College invite you to come celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250 birthday at the Basilica!  Four years ago, over 1200 people filled the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a thrilling performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.  

On March 29 at 4:00 pm, you will have an opportunity to hear another Beethoven masterpiece when the Maine Music Society and Bates College present a community-wide music-making collaboration of Beethoven’s 9Symphony “Ode to Joy” performed in the magnificent sacred space of the Basilica in Lewiston, Maine in honor of the 250 anniversary of the composer’s birth.  


The Maine Music Society Chorale, the Bates College Choir, the Basilica’s Schola Cantorum and the Chamber Choirs of Edward Little and Lewiston High Schools 

accompanied by the MMS and Bates College Orchestras will present this monumental 1824 work that introduced choral singing as part of a symphony in its triumphant final movement, the “Ode to Joy”.  Imagine over 100 voices reverberating throughout the vaulted space of the Basilica as they sing this spirited final movement.  The choruses will be joined by soloists Luette Saul, soprano, Joelle Morris, mezzo soprano, Martin Lescault, tenor, and Leon Griesbach, bass/baritone, all under the direction of MMS Artistic Director John Corrie.  The focus of the text, that all people on this planet are brothers and sisters, emphasizes how much we have in common and demonstrates the egalitarian ideal of unity among people of all walks of life, of all faiths and creeds.  This sentiment still rings true today.

Four years ago, tickets sold out quickly. Be sure to purchase yours early to ensure you have a seat for this performance of Beethoven’s 9 Symphony , which will undoubtedly be the highlight of the musical season.   


For a preview of what’s in store, listen to John Corrie and Susan Trask on Maine’s Big Z 105.5’s Breakfast Club on Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m.


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website at, like us on Facebook or call SmART Management, at 207-333-3386.


Venue: Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston, ME

Date & Time: Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4:00 pm


Ticket Information:  Section seating

Conductor’s Circle - $50; Premium - $35; General - $25; 

Students & Children - $25, $15, or $10.  

Plus a $2/ticket handling fee.  Purchase 10 or more tickets and receive a 20% discount before handling fee.

For tickets: visit our website at, or call SmART Management, at 207-333-3386.


Thank you to our sponsors:  Maple Way Dental Care, Big Z 105.5 (Gleason Media), Norway Savings Bank, Andrucki & King, and Central Distributors.


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Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

122 Ash Street
Lewiston  ME  04240 


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