Signature Symphony at TCC will present “Inevitable Beethoven: The Struggle for Creation” on March 2, an all-Beethoven program inspired by immersive theater experiences that are now found all over the globe. Four distinguished vocal soloists and a massive local chorale featuring the Tulsa Opera Signature Chorale, TCC Concert Choir, and the University of Tulsa Cappella Chamber Singers will sing in German alongside the symphony, a nod to the legendary composer’s heritage.

Culminating in a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony and its resounding message of unity and hope, director Vern Stefanic will present a short film that envelopes the audience in the fascinating story of Beethoven’s life leading up to his final symphony, “Ode to Joy”.

“The magnitude of Beethoven and his Symphony No. 9 would already be an unforgettable concert on its own, but to add an extra layer that demystifies why this piece is so inspiring and so transformative is what we tried to imagine going into this concert,” said Signature Symphony Artistic Director and Maestro Scott Seaton. “Just as music is a universal language, the Ninth Symphony is a universal message of unity and a proclamation for a world without noise and distraction.”

Ahead of the performance on March 2, Signature Symphony is hosting “BEERthoven”, a unique fundraiser on Feb. 27 at Marshall Brewing Company, offering guests the chance to enjoy local brews paired with Beethoven music. This event serves as a great introduction to live symphonic music in a casual environment, providing a new perspective on classic Beethoven pieces with a local brew master’s twist. Proceeds from “BEERthoven” benefit Signature Symphony music education and community engagement efforts. Those 21 and older are invited to join, and tickets are priced from $30-60.

“This has been an incredibly fun event to plan and to find the interconnectivity between numerous beers at Marshall Brewing Company and Beethoven’s quartet and symphonic music, creating pairings that have similar characteristics,” said Seaton. “The whole event really emphasizes that music —especially Beethoven’s music—is about community and finding common ground. What better way to do that than with craft brewing and conversation?!”

A free, open rehearsal for “Inevitable Beethoven” will be held at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education on Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. This rehearsal offers a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse Signature Symphony, allowing attendees to witness the music come to life while providing an opportunity to connect with Seaton and the talented musicians.

Signature Symphony will take the stage for “Inevitable Beethoven” March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at 10300 E 81st St, Tulsa, OK 74133. Tickets are priced from $39-$79.