O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS MASTERWORKS VI

ODE TO JOY

 

ODE TO JOY

GUEST ARTISTS

MONICA HUISMAN | SOPRANO

LYNNE MCMURTRY | MEZZO-SOPRANO

GORDON GIETZ | TENOR

AARON DIMOFF | BASS-BARITONE

OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS

 

In accordance with the direction of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry surrounding the hosting of public events, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is cancelling all performances of Ode to Joy, scheduled May 8-10.

 

PROGRAM

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.

 

INSIDER FACTS

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.”

 

ANTHEM

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.

Rosemary Thomson