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Beethoven's Ninth, Five Mystical Songs to end season

UNT SymphonyBeethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony will be paired with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ musically moving Five Mystical Songs for the season-ending concert featuring the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, right, and Grand Chorus. Members of the UNT voice faculty will be featured on the program as soloists, including soprano Carol Wilson, soprano Molly Fillmore, tenor William Joyner and bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck in the Beethoven piece, and baritone Jeffrey Snider in the Vaughan Williams piece.

Highly regarded, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor is one of the works from the musical canon that is crucial for emerging musicians to have performed, said David Itkin, conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra, who added that he recognized now was the “right time” for the UNT ensembles to perform this monumental piece.

“Audiences who have heard Beethoven’s Ninth before will rarely have heard it at this level; we take it for granted that there is an orchestra like this at UNT that outplays many professional orchestras in the country, as well as an equally unmatched choir,” said Itkin. “Together, the ensembles are an amazing force that people rarely hear at a university.”

The Beethoven piece will be paired with a more overtly vocal work that includes, in addition to its soloists, the UNT Grand Chorus, prepared under the direction of UNT Regents Professor of Music Jerry McCoy.

“The audience will not likely be familiar with the Five Mystical Songs; however, they will leave with a profound appreciation for the work,” says Itkin. “It is an amazingly beautiful piece with unique text that contains a lot of complex metaphorical and religious themes and combines imagery from the secular and sacred worlds.”

—Monique Bird, news promotions

Below, the UNT Grand Chorus. (File photo by Michael Clements / URCM) Above, the UNT Symphony Orchestra (File photo by Jonathan Reynolds)

UNT Grand Chorus

Posted on: Mon 06 April 2015

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