Ludwig van Beethoven

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Here’s a chance to cross a big item off your classical music bucket list.

If you’ve always wanted to sing the mighty “Ode to Joy” from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony -- but maybe lacked the time or vocal chops to join a choir -- this weekend could be your best opportunity.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic hosts a sing-along of the famous choral passages at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Music director Josep Caballé-Domenech says he’s excited to invite the public to help bring the legendary piece to life in what’s billed as an “interactive dress rehearsal.”

"We want to bring people together," the conductor told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "Even if it's not perfect, at least you have the experience that you can be powerful making music. The message is you can make music and be part of it."

The Philharmonic will follow the sing-along with two full performances of Symphony No. 9 on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs.

CPR Classical recently explored the massive Ninth Symphony -- as well as Beethoven’s entire symphonic output -- as part of The Beethoven 9 @ 9 Podcast.

Listen and subscribe to the series to hear the stories behind some of Beethoven’s most amazing work.

If you haven't heard the Ninth Symphony lately, refresh your memory with this great performance by the Chicago Symphony: 

Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.