Article and Photo by Tom Ganser
On Friday, Feb 15, during 940 WFAW Morning Magazine at 9:05 a.m., Michael Clish will feature an interview with David Anderson, Music Director for the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and other members of the orchestra.
A highlight of the interview will be information about the LGSO upcoming performance of Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 9, on Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Young Auditorium on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.
The Morning Magazine broadcast can also be heard on 940WFAW.com where it will be available later as a podcast.
The concert will be historic. It will be the first time that the LGSO – an orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians from across south central Wisconsin and northern Illinois established in 2001 – will be performing in Whitewater.
The performance will be the culmination of the orchestra’s massive nine-year “Beethoven Project” that began in February, 2011, with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.
Each season since then has featured a different Beethoven symphony, moving one step closer to “Beethoven 9.”
Beethoven’s final symphony – ultimately a celebration of the brotherhood of mankind – includes the “Ode to Joy” theme of the fourth movement, one of the most recognized melodies in history.
Collaborating with the orchestra’s musicians as vocal soloists will be UW-Whitewater faculty members Rachel Wood and Brian Leeper, along with Desirée Hassler and John Concepcion from the Chicago Lyric Opera Choir.
The chorus of more than 160 voices will feature members of the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, the Moody Chorale from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the University of Norther Iowa Concert Chorale.
Tickets may be purchased online or by mail. Visit LakeGenevaOrchestra.org or call 262-359-9072 for details.
Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.