Illinois Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven's
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[March 28, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Symphony Orchestra
will perform Beethoven's greatest masterpiece -- the world's best-known work of
classical music -- the soaring Ninth Symphony. Performances will be at the
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on April 6 and at Sangamon
Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield, on April 7. Both concert
performances begin at 8 p.m., following Concert Comments at 7:15.
1 "Ode to Joy"
The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 is the last complete
symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. Completed in 1824, when
Beethoven was completely deaf, it incorporates part of the "Ode an
die Freude," or "Ode to Joy," a poem by Friedrich Schiller. The
text, sung by soloists and chorus in the last movement, features
soprano Amy Pfrimmer, mezzo-soprano Michelle Wrighte, tenor Robert
Bracey and baritone Gerard Sundberg, along with the combined voices
of the Illinois Symphony Chorus and the Bloomington-Normal Civic
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The Illinois Symphony's Masterworks program will also feature
"Global Warming," by Los Angeles composer Michael Abels, in which a
juxtaposition of multicultural rhythms is unleashed in an
irresistible display of orchestral color.
For more information about this concert, the soloists, Maestra
Deal or other Illinois Symphony Orchestra activities, please call
217-522-2838 or visit
http://ilsymphony.blogspot.com/. For ticket reservations, call
the Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, at 217-206-6160, or Bloomington Center
for the Performing Arts, 309-434-2777.
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