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Illinois Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven's Ninth

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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.

120 singers

75 musicians

4 soloists

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 Chorale.

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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 For ticket reservations, call the Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, at 217-206-6160, or Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 309-434-2777.

[Text from news release received from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra]

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