Saturday, May 7, 20227:30 PMGarde Arts Center, New London
with TBA, violin; Amy Ward Butler, cello; Eva Virsik, piano
DANCES IN THE CANEBRAKES
ODE TO JOY, FINALE FROM SYMPHONY NO.9
with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus
Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven, the evening begins with his Triple Concerto of 1803, featuring 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.