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The Lycoming College Choir will appear with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9. Op. 125 in D Minor" conducted by Gerardo Edelstein on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m., in the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.
The piece was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. During the performance, nearly 200 singers comprised of the Lycoming Choir, the State College Choral Society and soloists Meredith Mecum, Lorie Gratis, Tim LeFebvre and Jerry Grahame will join the orchestra for the final movement, which features words taken from "Ode to Joy," a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with additions made by the composer.
"This will be the first time the Lycoming College Choir has appeared with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra," says Dr. Fred Thayer, professor of music and director of choirs at Lycoming. "The choir is extremely excited for the opportunity."
As part of the concert, titled "Austro-German Connections," the symphony will also perform "Adagietto" from G. Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" and F.J. Haydn's "Cello Concert in C Major" with soloist Andrew Rammon, an instructor of music at Lycoming. To view a short video on the performance, click here.
The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra is offering Lycoming College alumni tickets for any seat in the house at half-price using the coupon available here. Tickets are free to all Lycoming students who present a valid student I.D.
The concert is co-sponsored by Lycoming College and Attorneys for the Arts.