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Front Page - Friday, October 25, 2019

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera to present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2

Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Musical Director Kayoko Dan will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. Purchase tickets at chattanoogasymphony.org or 423 267-8583. - Photograph provided

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will continue the 2019-20 Chamber Series with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 on Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m., at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre.

The concert will also feature Respighi’s “Trittico Botticelliano” and Michael Ippolito’s “Smoke Rings.” The CSO Chorus and director Darrin Hassevoort will join the musicians for Ola Gjeilo’s musical interpretation of Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of the Universal.”

“The performance will open with Respighi’s ‘Trittico Botticelliano,’ which depicts three paintings by Botticelli: ‘Spring,’ ‘Adoration of Magi’ and ‘The Birth of Venus,’” says Kayoko Dan, musical director. “These works are colorful, descriptive and intricately orchestrated to portray each paintings’ stories and moods.

“We will also feature two contemporary composers, Ola Gjeilo and Michael Ippolito. Ippolito’s work is written for strings, and the sound and harmony shifts and morphs like the titular smoke rings. Gjeilo’s choral work is upbeat and exuberant.

“The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, one of his earlier works, in which the composer steps out of a ‘norm’ of established classical symphonic traditions.”

Seating for the concert is general admission. Tickets: chattanoogasymphony.org, 423 267-8583.

Source: CSO