The award-winning concert choirs of Danville’s San Ramon Valley High and Moraga’s Campolindo High will be joining voices with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 8 and 9, for grand performances of Beethoven’s Ninth (Choral) Symphony.
Honoring Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the concert will also features his Prometheus Overture and Opferlied (“Song of Sacrifice”) with soloist Betany Coffland, all at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church.
Diablo Symphony organizers say the final movement’s musical setting will feature Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” presented by Bay Area soloists soprano Carrie Hennessey, mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland, tenor Michael Jankosky and Zachary Gordin on the bass.
One of the most recognized melodies in Western music, the aptly named “Ode to Joy” signifies a search for joy and unity as well as a celebration of the moment when “all men become brothers,” according to Diablo Symphony Association vice president Helen Duncan.
The upcoming concert will be presented under the direction of Matilda Hofman, Music Director and Conductor of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra. The student choirs are currently preparing for their performance under the direction of Mark Roberts, Director of Choral Activities at Campolindo High, and Ken Abrams, Choral Director at San Ramon Valley High.
The Diablo Symphony season is sponsored by John and Lorus Mosher and the Patrick and Shirley Campbell Foundation.
Diablo symphony Orchestra’s joint performance with San Ramon Valley High and Moraga’s Campolindo High choirs will be held 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9, at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek.
Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting the Lesher Center box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, calling 943-7469, or by visiting www.diablosymphony.org. Adults cost $35; Youth 13–17, $10; and children 12 and under can enjoy the performance for free. Tickets will also be available at the door.