Price | Dances in the Canebrakes
Beethoven | Finale: Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven, the evening begins with his Triple Concerto of 1803, featuring violinist TBA; ECSO Principal Cellist and Eastman School of Music alumna Amy Ward Butler; and acclaimed Steinway Artist pianist Eva Virsik.
Following intermission the ECSO performs Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes. This charming, jazzy, three-movement suite, was written for solo piano in 1953, the year of her death, and later orchestrated by William Grant Still, a Harlem Renaissance figure then known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.”
To festively conclude this milestone season, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, directed by TBA, joins the orchestra under Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada to present the glorious finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, his immortal setting of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy, with soloists TBA, soprano; TBA, alto; TBA, tenor; and TBA, bass.