Christopher Wilkins conducts Beethoven’s towering Ninth Symphony with its famous finale, the “Ode to Joy.” Cleveland Institute of Music-trained composer and pianist Jerod-Tate leads his own work, Clans, drawing on the culture of his Chickasaw heritage. University of Akron’s Dr. LaDonna Blue Eye, citizen of the Choctaw Nation, narrates the story.
Beethoven’s Ninth “Ode to Joy”
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, guest conductor
Dr. LaDonna Blue Eye, narrator
Sirgourney Cook, soprano
Leah Heater, alto
John Pickle, tenor
Frank Ward, bass
Akron Symphony Chorus
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate “Clans” from Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9
For expressive range and communicative power, no work commands attention as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony does. The purity and force of its two-hundred-year-old vision still brings solace to our world. Maestro Wilkins leads the towering Ninth, which culminates in the famous “Ode to Joy.” Cleveland Institute of Music-trained composer and pianist, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate conducts Clans, a narrated orchestral work drawing on the culture and history of his own Chickasaw heritage. University of Akron’s Dr. LaDonna Blue Eye, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, is the work’s storyteller.
Single tickets go on sale August 1.
Please join us at 6:30 pm for a Preview from the Podium with Maestro Wilkins.
All concerts take place at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, located on the campus of The University of Akron. Per guidelines set by the University of Akron, masks are optional for all patrons attending concerts at EJ Thomas Hall. Parking is $10 parking at the gate (cash) or $8 pre-paid.
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