For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Alessi
Symphony NH Concludes 94th Season with Beethoven 9
NASHUA, NH – Symphony NH concludes its 94th season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and guest conductor Sameer Patel on April 7th at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH 03060. The season, named “The Year of Beethoven”, celebrated the works of the great composer and now concludes with his powerful Symphony No. 9 with New World Chorale and soloists Michelle Trainor, soprano; Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano; Alan Schneider, tenor; and Sam Handley, bass-baritone.
The concert pairs Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for the 100th anniversary year of the American composer’s birth. The works are linked in many ways – both written for orchestra and chorus with final movements that begin in musical dissonance and resolve with musical and spiritual harmony. Perhaps the most moving tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s well-known affinity for conducting the works of Beethoven was his choice of the Ninth Symphony to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (Robert Hoffman, Symphony NH Continuing Education Coordinator).
Leading the orchestra for this powerful program is guest conductor Sameer Patel. Internationally recognized for his versatile musicianship and passionate communication, Patel is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A recipient of 2016 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, he is currently in his third season as the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. Patel says, “I am thrilled to join Symphony NH this April for our program that features Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. The eternal message of both of these masterpieces is a reminder that music can be the greatest expression of our common humanity, and I am certain that our performance will find a way to move, touch, and inspire our audience.”
In an age of recordings available at the call of your digital assistant, little can still replace the experience of a live concert, especially one with over one hundred musicians performing one of history’s most celebrated works. Symphony NH will perform Beethoven 9 on Saturday, April 7th at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH 03060. Tickets are $18 - $49 with senior discounts available. Student tickets are $10, and youth tickets are free with the purchase of an adult or senior tickets. For tickets and information visit www.symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156.