Ode to joy at E J Thomas Hall

This afternoon I heard my in-laws were preparing to go hear Ode to Joy at E.J.Thomas Hall. I read the description in our local newspaper and decided to go.
My in-laws have been hearing the Cleveland orchestra and other performances of classical music since a really long time. For them to state that this performance blew all previous performances they have seen of this particular symphony out of the water, well means just that to me. I couldn’t agree more but my opinion doesn’t count on the same grounds as theirs.
Things I loved about the performance:
  • One of the members of the chorus completed her 50th year with them. She was applauded specially for that which was mighty kind of them to do.
  • Peter Van De Graf’s and his female counterparts voices were quite amazing
  • I heard all four parts of Beethoven’s piece, and would recommend the entire performance to my family and friends (every 70 mins. of it)
  • E J Thomas Halls three tiered design really enabled everyone anywhere to get the same quality music
A performance like this might have taken months to prepare for. The conductor Chris Wilkins really was a fantastic leader emphasizing all of his musical members’ performances, and really marvelously brought out the best in them. If they have this performance again, I’ll be definitely in attendance.
Here are the details from E J Thomas Hall’s website:
Ode To Joy
Akron Symphony Orchestra

February 18, 2012 8:00 PM
EJ Thomas Hall
Beethoven’s 9th symphony is one of the supreme achievements of musical history. Every performance of it is a special occasion. Beethoven’s genius is apparent both in his music and in his vision. The famous “Ode to Joy” exhorts all human beings to seek the good and the holy in ourselves and in each other. This sublimely ecstatic hymn in the greatest of all love songs, seemingly composed to each one of us.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
Beethoven: Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

Presenter: Akron Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: Akron Symphony Chorus; Akron Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Christopher Wilkins