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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