The Mid-Columbia Symphony will close out its landmark 70th season with one of the most famous musical works ever written.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
“For concluding a big season, what better way than with a Beethoven symphony?” said Boyce Burdick, president of the symphony board. “And to have it be ( No. 9) is special.”
The piece includes the beloved Ode to Joy. The orchestra will be joined by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, led by artistic director Justin Raffa , as well as choirs from Columbia Basin College under the direction of Dave Cazier. Four accomplished vocal soloists from around the country also will take part — Emily Sternfeld-Dunn, Emily Lau, Les Green and Andy Papas.
The season finale is at 7:30 p.m. May 30 in the auditorium at Richland High School.
Nicholas L. Wallin, the symphony’s music director, said the Beethoven symphony “is such a wonderful celebration of the achievements of humankind.”
And, “bringing high-quality symphonic music to the Tri-Cities for 70 years has been a great achievement for us,” he said.
The symphony’s musical ranks fluctuate depending on the performance, but it typically has 60 to 75 instrumentalists on stage.
Along with the Beethoven piece, the symphony also will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s overture to Der Freischütz and Anton Bruckner’s Psalm 150.
The Mastersingers will join in on the Bruckner work.
On May 27, in advance of the season finale, Wallin and Raffa will hold a “conductor’s talk” to discuss the different works. It starts at 7 p.m. at Battelle Auditorium on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland. Papas, one of the finale’s featured soloists, will perform a mini-recital of musical theater and operatic pieces.
Papas is based in Boston.
Burdick, the symphony board president, said he’s proud of the 70th season. The symphony has seen its attendance grow in the past couple of years, and this season marked the revival of the Mid-Columbia Youth Symphony. It’s led by Adrienne Shields, the symphony’s assistant conductor.
Wallin said the youth symphony is an important initiative.
“It bodes well for live symphonic music in the Tri-Cities. Nurturing these young musicians — it’s about the future,” he said.
And the season finale will be a special night.
“We offer (the Beethoven symphony) in a spirit of celebration and thanksgiving, in terms of 70 successful seasons and many more to come,” Wallin said.
Tickets for the season finale performance are $15 for youths and $25 to $50 for adults.
Richland High School is at 930 Long Ave.