Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral,” may not be the greatest piece of music ever written. Nevertheless, there’s something about this celebrated work that has captured the imagination of listeners for nearly two centuries. Leonard Bernstein believed that Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony tapped into a universality of thought that was unique in the history of art. “All men become brothers … be embraced, ye millions … do you sense the Creator, world?” In setting Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” to music, Beethoven conveyed a sense of godhead and sublimity that appealed to all people regardless of creed. Instead of doctrine, Beethoven offered a universal vision of human brotherhood, freedom, acceptance and love. It’s a musical message guaranteed to inspire everyone. In the spirit of celebration, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will conclude its Beethoven fest with a performance of the Ninth Symphony. The concert, under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, will also include Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont and Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto.