Ode to Joy – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
October 30 8:00 pm
Hector Guzman, Conductor
Haley Sicking, Soprano
Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, Mezzo-soprano
Scot Cameron, Tenor
David Robinson, Baritone
Dzmitry Ulasiak, Piano
Plano Civic Chorus, Ralph Stannard, Artistic Director
Irving Chorale, Harry Wooten, Artistic Director
Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No.9 is considered to be one of the supreme achievements in the history of music. It was the first symphony to include vocalists and a chorus with its famous and triumphant Ode to Joy. This symphony has often been performed at major moments in human history, such as the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Hector Guzman and the Plano Symphony Orchestra will be joined by four vocal soloists and a hundred-voice choir combining the Plano Civic Chorus and the Irving Chorale.
Dzmitry Ulasiuk, described as “the total package…artistry of the highest level” by Fanfare Magazine, performs the beautiful and technically challenging Piano Concerto for the Left Hand by Ravel. This concerto was written by Ravel for a World War I soldier and pianist who lost his right arm during the war.