The Central Ohio Symphony will give its final concert of its 37th season on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel.
Music director Jaime Morales-Matos and the symphony will present a program demonstrating “Triumph over Adversity,” the theme of the night.
The orchestra will perform “From the Diary of Anne Frank” by Michael Tilson Thomas with narrator Courtney Dunne, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan, “New Morning for the World” (“Daybreak of Freedom”) by Joseph Schwantner with narrator Larry Griffin of Columbus, and Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
“We were looking for works that spotlighted individuals who overcame adversity in different ways, in some cases posthumously,” said executive director Warren W. Hyer. “The Thomas piece, which also has a narrator, uses excerpts from Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s diary, which is one of the most widely read books of the 20th century. The Schwantner piece features the hopeful writings of Martin Luther King Jr.”
“As for Beethoven’s Fifth,” said Hyer, “it is emblematic of our theme in several ways. It was written during a time when Beethoven was struggling with the loss of his hearing, a personal adversity. It was written during the Napoleonic wars, when much of Europe was embroiled in battle. And during World War II, the Allies Forces called the Fifth the ‘Victory Symphony’ and the BBC used the opening four notes to begin every wartime broadcast. So it has represented triumph, either personal or global, throughout its life.”
Tickets may be purchased at the symphony office, 24 E. Winter St. or online at www.centralohiosymphony.org.
Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $6 for students of all ages, and $4 for children.
More information is available on the symphony website, www.centralohiosymphony.org, at the symphony office or by calling 740-362-1799.
Information for this story was provided by the Central Ohio Symphony.