Colossal Choral-Orchestral Collaboration

Posted on 4/13/2015 8:33:57 AM

The IUP Vocal Arts Area combined forces with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Blair Concert Chorale to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony performanceNearly 200 members of the IUP community, including students, faculty, alumni, and community members, presented a stellar performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 to an audience of over 1,000 at Calvary Baptist Church in Altoona. Director of Choral Studies Ryan Beeken, in collaboration with Jon Erik Schreiber and the Indiana Community Choir, prepared the IUP Chorale and Chorus and the Blair Concert Chorale of Altoona, totaling 180 voices, for the performance.

IUP Professor of Trumpet Kevin Eisensmith played principle trumpet in the orchestra, and many alumni sang in the choir or played in the orchestra as well. The performance was conducted by Maestra Theresa Cheung.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony performanceBeethoven’s famous work, employing the familiar tune “Ode to Joy,” was the first symphonic composition to employ a chorus and vocal soloists. To this day it remains one of the most significant and challenging works from the choral-orchestral cannon.

Department of Music