Concordia to Present Beethoven's Ninth
Apr 13, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GORDON MOE, associate director, Music Organizations
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA TO PRESENT BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
The Concordia Orchestra, the 350-member Oratorio Choir and faculty musicians participating in the annual Oratorio Concert will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Memorial Auditorium.
The concert, conducted by Bruce Houglum, will be Houglum’s final major performance of his 38-year career at Concordia College. He is retiring at the end of the academic year.
Faculty soloists for the performance will include Lucy Thrasher, Holly Wrensch, David Hamilton and Peter Halverson.
The Ninth Symphony traces a path from darkness to light. In this piece, Beethoven’s musical thought becomes verbally expressive with the addition in the fourth movement of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” for vocal soloists and chorus. It was first performed May 7, 1824.
The concert is free and open to the public.