Crowdpleasing Akron Symphony Concert Features Beethoven & Mozart

Sat 2/22 @ 8PM

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will be joined at EJ Thomas Hall by the Akron Symphony Chorus to perform three very popular, very dramatic works from the standard classical repertoire.

They’ll kick things off, appropriately, with an overture: Beethoven’s overture to his 1805 opera Leonore aka Fidelio. That will be followed by Franz Schubert’s final and unfinished Symphony No 8. Finally, the chorus, under the direction of Karen Ní Bhroin and soloists, soprano Gabrielle Haigh, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Timothy Culver and baritone Brian Keith Johnson, will come onstage for Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, another piece unfinished at the time of the composer’s death.

The concert will be preceded at 7pm by “A Preview from the Podium,” with Akron Symphony music director Christopher Wilkins, and followed by a talkback with in the lobby with some of the orchestra’s musicians.

Tickets are $25 and up. An interesting side note: the concert is sponsored by Akron’s Earthquaker Devices, a small local business with international reach that manufactures effects pedals, mostly for rock guitarists.

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