O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS MASTERWORKS VI
ODE TO JOY
ODE TO JOY
MONICA HUISMAN | SOPRANO
LYNNE MCMURTRY | MEZZO-SOPRANO
GORDON GIETZ | TENOR
AARON DIMOFF | BASS-BARITONE
OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS
Kelowna: Friday, May 7, 2020; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, May 8, 2020; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, May 9, 2020; 7:00pm
Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
These two symphonic masterpieces take the listener on an epic journey from darkness to light that shines a spotlight on our musicians. Strauss’ thrilling tone poem whets the appetite for Beethoven’s final symphony. Moving from chaos into a message of love and brotherhood in the Ode to Joy, the OSO, Chorus and soloists bring our sixtieth season to a thrilling close.
ART IMITATING LIFE
Strauss was just 22 when he wrote Tod und Verklärung following the ideas from a poem by his friend Alexander Ritter which traces the battle between life and death. “It’s a funny thing” said Strauss on his own death bed 60 years later, “dying is just the way I composed it in Tod und Verklärung.”
Since 1985, the instrumental version of “Ode to Joy” has been the anthem of the European Union. Its future as a symbol of European unity currently hangs in the balance.
I LOVE THE COMBINATION OF TEXT AND MUSIC, of singer and instrumentalist, and, of chorus and orchestra. I am thrilled to share this piece at the close of our 60th Anniversary season to show off the incredible musicians that we have here in the Okanagan Symphony.