Ludwig van Beethoven was a monumental figure in Western music and his final symphony matched that immense mark. His biggest orchestra ever premiered his Ninth Symphony and was joined by a chorus for its breathtaking final movement. In the two centuries since, it has been lauded as perhaps his crowning achievement.

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra will squeeze this colossal work into the comfy confines of the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. Considering the 70-piece orchestra will be joined by 120 members of the University of South Alabama Concert Choir and the Mobile Opera Chorus, along with four professional soloists, “cozy” will be the key word.

“[Beethoven’s] use of Friedrich Schiller’s immortal text ‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder’ (‘All people will become brothers’) shakes me to the core every time I hear it or conduct it,” MSO Musical Director Scott Speck said in a statement.

The concert begins with Handel’s “Coronation Anthems.”

Tickets cost $15 to $75 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 251-432-2010 or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin St.

Civil War author speaks at SHC
A pair of Civil War chaplains might have shared interment in Mobile but their postwar lives were different in other ways. Fr. Darius Hubert knew the Confederate States of America’s most iconic generals personally and later came to terms with the war’s outcome in healthy terms. Fr. Abram Ryan, while rising to greater fame in later years — Mobile’s Ryan Park is named for him — through his poetry, was haunted by the Lost Cause.

Author Katherine Bentley Jeffrey will speak about both men as a guest of the Friends of the Library at Spring Hill College. Her lecture takes place Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. in the Barter Room of the Burke Memorial Library at Spring Hill College.

For more information, call 251-380-3871.

Horszowski Trio close Chamber Music season
Not long after its last Mobile appearance, the Horszowski Trio returns to close out Mobile Chamber Music’s latest season on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. Violinist Jesse Mills, pianist Rieko Aizawa and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan will fill the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center with sounds akin to those that drew rave reviews in 2015.

The program boasts not only Brahms’ Trio No. 2 in C major and Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 2 in C minor but also Rebecca Clarke’s three-movement Trio. Hailed by critics in major markets such as Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City and Boston, the group has quickly won fans on sold-out engagements on several continents.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students. Some tickets will be available at the door the day of the concert.