Williamsburg Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Ninth

aheymann@vagazette.com

Directed by Janna Hymes, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony joined by several soloists and five local choirs or choral groups.

According to program notes, one unfulfilled commission spurred Beethoven to complete the Ninth Symphony. Always an admirer of the British, he had sent inquiries to the Philharmonic Society of London and had received a positive reply with the promise of £50 for a new symphony. He would have liked to visit London, perhaps to experience the accolades showered on his former mentor, Franz Joseph Haydn, but the visit never materialized and the commission never fulfilled. It was, nevertheless, an incentive to finish the Symphony, which he completed in February 1824.

This performance features Colleen Daly, soprano; Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano; Kirk Dougherty, tenor; and Branch Fields, bass. The Christopher Newport University Chamber Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus; Virginia Choral Society; Virginia Wesleyan College Singers; and Williamsburg Choral Guild will lend their voices.

Want to go?

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. April 12 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on 3899 John Tyler Highway.

Tickets cost $50-$60, depending on seat location. You can purchase tickets online at williamsburgsymphony.tix.com.

For more information, visit williamsburgsymphony.org or call 229-9857.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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