Forty years ago a handful of Fredericton musicians got together to play classical music. They called themselves the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra. Today that little group has grown to sixty-plus members, and has changed its name to the more appropriate “Fredericton Symphony Orchestra”. The group is celebrating its fortieth year with its second performance of Beethoven's ninth and final symphony. There will be two concerts: April 2 in Woodstock and April 3 in Fredericton.
“The Ninth” is Beethoven's most magnificent symphony. It's often called “The Choral Symphony” because Beethoven added a full choir, as well as a quartet of vocal soloists, to its last movement. The choir for the performances will be the combined forces of The Fredericton Choral Society and The UNB Chorale. The soloists will be Woodstock native and Fredericton resident Sally Dibblee, soprano; Paula Rockwell, alto; Colin Frotten, tenor and Paul Bustin, baritone.
The April 2 Woodstock performance will be in the Woodstock Baptist Church at 7pm.
The April 3 Fredericton performance will be in Wilmot United Church at 3pm.
Tickets are available from orchestra and choir members as well as at Read's Newsstand & Cafe, Fredericton; MES Music, Woodstock; Nevers Pharmacy, Hartland; Andrew & Laura McCain Library, Florenceville and at the door.
Ticket prices are: adults $20, students $10, children 12 and under free.