On Sunday, March 26th, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra joined forces with The Reston Chorale, presenting Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” at Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA. They collaborated with the Maryland Lyric Opera and the American University Chorus who provided talented singers and soloists for the event.
An outstanding triumph, this performance was a memorable one.
The afternoon’s performance celebrated both the 20th Anniversary of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and the 50th Anniversary of The Reston Chorale. It is no small feat for any musical organization to bring excellence to the music community for numerous decades, making this celebration well deserved.
Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” is arguably the best symphony ever written, bringing us the well-loved final movement of An die Freude or Ode to Joy (a poem by Friedrich Schiller). The first 3 movements featured the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra masterfully led by Conductor Glenn Quader. Quader’s animated conducting displayed the strength of the piece. Beethoven’s dramatic vision for his ninth symphony remains as powerful today as when it was originally created.
The final fourth movement, featuring 4 soloists, chorale and orchestra, was an exciting finish to the performance. The Reston Chorale and American University Chorus blended voices for the famous “Ode to Joy” chorus, delivering a glorious unified sound. The quartet was comprised of singers from the Maryland Lyric Opera Company, soprano Merideth Marano, mezzo soprano Anamer Castrello, tenor Duane A. Moody, and baritone Javier Arrey. Javier Arrey’s big voice filled the concert hall while Merideth Marano’s sparkling high notes were filled with color and warmth.
An outstanding triumph, this performance was a memorable one. Please check out the websites of all four organizations. You will not want to miss their upcoming performances.