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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 17, 2013

Beethoven's 9th celebrates symphony's 50th

Livermore-Amador Symphony presents 'Ode to a Joyous 50th Season'

by Patricia Boyle

Livermore-Amador Symphony is giving the fourth and final concert of the season tomorrow night, "Ode to a Joyous 50th Season," ending the celebration of its golden anniversary, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The concert, conducted by Livermore-Amador Symphony Music Director Dr. Arthur Barnes, features two compositions by Ludwig Van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, and his famous Symphony No. 9.

The orchestra will lead off the concert with Beethoven's Overture to Heinrich Joachim von Collin's tragic play, "Coriolan." The Overture alternates between sharp, strong passages and tender sweet portions.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony, often called the "Symphony of Joy," is the finest of his symphonies and perhaps of all of his music. Nearly 190 years after it premiered in Vienna, this masterpiece uplifts audiences with the joyous themes present in all of its movements, culminating in the final choral movement featuring four soloists.

Two local groups, Valley Concert Chorale and Pacific Masterworks Chorus, joined by members of the community, will perform the choral portion of Beethoven's 9th. The soloists for the concert are soprano Nancy Wait-Kromm, mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse, tenor Norman DeVol and bass-baritone William O'Neill.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 18, with a prelude talk from 7-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$29 at the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore; online at www.mylvpac.com; or by calling 373-6800.

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