ASO to present Mozart Requiem on February 22

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Akron Symphony Chorus will present a trio of towering works – highlighted by Mozart’s Requiem – on February 22 at 8 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by EarthQuaker Devices.

The evening will open with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, which begins with a compelling crescendo before exploding into classic Beethoven; followed by Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, left unfinished at his death, which boasts one of the most gorgeous melodies ever composed.

The Orchestra will be joined by the Chorus, under the direction of Assistant Director Karen Ní Bhroin and four guest soloists for Mozart’s Requiem, a piece that the composer wrote for the chorus and soloists as if the future of their own souls were at stake.

The soloists for the evening include Timothy Culver and Brian Keith Johnson, both local favorites and longtime collaborators with the Akron Symphony; Gabrielle Haigh, a 2009 graduate of Laurel School in Shaker Heights; and Ann McMahon Quintero.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Music Director Christopher Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

The concert is also part of our season-long Music and Art Poster Series, featuring local artists sharing work inspired by the music. Artists who are scheduled to have their work on display and for sale include Jennifer Sheriff, Galya Kerns, Georgio Sabino III and Rebecca Walton.

Following the concert, join a select group of Orchestra musicians for TalkBack, a guided and wide-ranging conversation that will offer a look at the evening’s performance through the eyes of the musicians. TalkBack will take place in the lobby at E.J. Thomas Hall.

Single tickets for the performance start at just $25. Tickets are available online or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, which is located at 198 Hill Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On February 21, the Orchestra will host Beerthoven’s Fifth from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at R. Shea Brewing (Canal Place) in Akron. This free event provides an opportunity to talk with other music lovers in a fun and casual setting.

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