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   from the issue of April 22, 2004

School of Music, Lied team up for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

The UNL School of Music and the Lied Center for Performing Arts will collaborate to present Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at the Lied Center.

The performance will feature the following musical ensembles from UNL: Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Varsity Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Concert Choir and All-Collegiate Chorus. They will be joined by vocal soloists Dawn Marie Pawlewski, soprano; Ariel Bybee, mezzo-soprano; Michael Cochran, tenor; and Charles Robert-Austin, baritone. Conductor for the performance will be Tyler Goodrich White of the School of Music.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is considered a musical triumph. The choral finale with soloists and choir includes the familiar “Ode to Joy.” Beethoven had wanted to set Friedrich von Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” to music, but it was only after the first three movements of the Ninth Symphony were almost completed that he decided to compose a choral finale for the last movement based on parts of the poem. In the 1820s it was almost revolutionary to end a symphony in this manner. At the first performance of the Ninth Symphony, in May 1824 in Vienna, the reception was enthusiastic, although the critics found the composer’s ideas too daring.

Clark Potter, associate professor at the School of Music, will give a lecture 30 minutes before the performance in the Lied’s Steinhart Room.

Tickets for this performance are $24, $19 and $14; tickets are half-price for university students and those 18 and under. Call 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 for tickets.



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