ASO to present Verdi and Valkyries on November 16

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins will welcome the Akron Symphony Chorus to the stage for Verdi and Valkyries on November 16 at 8 p.m.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The evening will open with a selection of favorites from Verdi, including his Anvil Chorus, and the Ballet and Triumphal March from Aida. Akron Symphony Chorus Director Marie Bucoy-Calavan will guest conduct the orchestra and choir on those two selections, as well as on the Nabucco Overture.

Maestro Wilkins will then take the podium for excerpts from Wagner’s greatest work – The Ring of the Nibelungen. Das Rheingold and The Ride of the Valkyries will lead into the grand finale of Götterdämmerung, with guest soprano Elisabeth Rosenberg setting fire to the hall during Brünnhilde’s immolation scene. Praised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as having a voice of “opulence and ease,” Elisabeth is earning a reputation as an exciting dramatic soprano on the classical scene today.

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

Single tickets for Verdi and Valkyries 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.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is located at 198 Hill St. on the campus of The University of Akron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Verdi and Valkyries on November 16