I am a beginner classical music enthusiast who would like to hear a symphony.
I watched parts of Beethoven's 9th Symphony tonight and was blown away.
What event should I go to this summer in order to hear something like this live?
well you can watch one here... haunting, but some tune it would be to be able to master.... someone here will be able to give you a destination for one i'm sure.
This concert doesn't include a symphony, but it does include Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade which should blow you away in a different way! It's one of a series at the NCH in Dublin on Friday nights through the summer: check the calendar on the page I've linked to.
I'd second that, and recommend as well the programme for the NCH on 13th July: Gershwin's wonderful "Rhapsody in Blue", a blend of classical and jazz music and after the interval Holst's "The Planets", nearly an hour of one of the great showpieces for large orchestra.
Note, most symphonies do NOT have a chorus singing.
But if you can wait until Nov 19th...
Sean Clancy: Toile Brûlée (premiere, UCDSO commission)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
UCD Symphony Orchestra
UCD Choral Scholars
UCD Philharmonic Choir
Catherine Redding (soprano)
Victoria Massey (alto)
Eamonn Mulhall (tenor)
Jeffrey Ledwidge (bass)
Conductor: Ciarán Crilly
That'd be well worth seeing. Beethoven's 9th is a completely different animal live.
OP, just look at Friday evenings in the concert hall:
The National Symphony Orchestra plays nearly every Friday, and more than often has a Symphony in the programme. Once you're hooked you'll never look Bach!