Release Date: September 26,2017

ASO Die Meistersinger on October 6

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins will bring Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner to the concert stage as we present Die Meistersinger on October 6 at 8 p.m.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The evening begins with Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’ Inspiring Beethoven, a completely imagined musical tale of Ludwig van Beethoven finding the inspiration to compose the first movement of his Symphony No. 7 while dealing with his ever-worsening deafness.

The Orchestra will then perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, in which the composer displayed numerous technical innovations that had a profound influence on the music of the 19th century. The second movement will be a familiar one as it was featured in the film The King’s Speech.

Following intermission, the Akron Symphony Chorus and Summit Chorale Society’s Masterworks Chorale, with Marie Bucoy-Calavan making her conducting debut, will join the Orchestra for Brahms’ Song of the Fates.

The evening will close with excerpts from Die Meistersinger, which tells a touchingly human story about the power of art. The piece will be performed for the first time by the Akron Symphony, along with the Akron Symphony Chorus and Summit Choral Society’s Masterworks Chorale.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m. 

Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner are three giants of the Western Canon, forming a lineage that is central to all of Western music. Each extended the great tradition and brought it to daring new heights of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic ages, respectively, and the Akron Symphony is proud to bring them to the concert stage.

Single tickets for Die Meistersinger start at just $25. Visit akronsymphony.org or call 330.535.8131 for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is located at 198 Hill St. on the campus of The University of Akron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.