New Year's Eve: Beethoven's Ninth

DATE

December 31, 2016

LOCATION:

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

TICKET PRICES:

Adults: start at $28
Youth: $16

New Year's Eve: Beethoven's Ninth

EVENT DETAILS

Saturday, December 31 — 7:30 pm

ECKART PREU, CONDUCTOR
SPOKANE SYMPHONY CHORALE
SARAH JOANNE DAVIS, SOPRANO
PATTI MORTIER, MEZZO-SOPRANO
CHRISTOPHER PFUND, TENOR
CHARLES ROBERT STEPHENS, BASS

 

The Spokane Symphony and Chorale will say goodbye to 2016 with a performance of Beethoven's magnificent Ninth Symphony, joining revelers around the world in what is fast becoming an international tradition. Since Eckart Preu introduced the custom from his native Germany a few years ago, it has become an exciting part of the holiday festivities in Spokane. Beethoven's masterpiece, sometimes called the "symphony of symphonies," is considered by many to be the best and most joyous piece of music ever written. You won't want to delay getting your tickets to this family-friendly, frequently sold-out event. 

After the concert, dance down the street to The Historic Davenport Hotel and ring in the New Year at "Puttin' On The Riza" Gala event.

The Music

Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 9

Guest Soloists

SARAH JOANNE DAVIS, SOPRANO

Hailed by the New York Times as "a voice with considerable warmth," lyric-soprano, Sarah Davis debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Matthias Pintscher and was honored to give the American and French  premiere of  Elliott Carter's What Are Years at Tanglewood and with Radio France respectively. Notable concert credits include:  Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and more. Opera credits include: Fiordiligi, Contessa , Donna Anna, Gilda, Pamina, Cendrillon and Stravinsky's Anne Trulove.  Recent engagements include Jake Heggie's Another Sunrise, a one-act, one woman opera with Music for Remembrance, soprano soloist in the world premiere of Shadows & Light by Joan Szymko with Eugene Concert Orchestra & Vocal Arts, and the featured entertainment for the 125th Anniversary of the Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.

PATRICIA MORTIER, MEZZO-SOPRANO

Patricia Blankenship-Mortier, mezzo-soprano, has been an active performer and teacher on the East and West Coasts. She was on the voice faculties at Whitworth and Eastern Washington Universities for 14 years combined. A native of Portland, Oregon, she is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in New York.

The Binghamton, NY Press, and Sun Bulletin said of her Messiah performances, “she proved conclusively why the pure and un-amplified voice is God’s true instrument” and Opera News described her voice as “a Mellifluous, and a well focused, Mezzo.”  She has been the alto soloist in the Beethoven’s 9th with the Spokane Symphony on New Year’s Eve for the past several years. Since moving from New York, she has performed with Spokane Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene and the Coeur d’Alene Sympohony, Whitworth Orchestra, Eastern Washington University Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Eastern Washington University Theater, Festival at Sandpoint, Mozart in the Parks, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Spokane’s ZEPHYR, and the Spokane String Quartet.

CHRISTOPHER PFUND, TENOR

Universally recognized for his irreverent portrayals of the Roasting Swan in Carmina Burana, tenor Christopher Pfund has made the role a pillar of his career, performing it with countless orchestras across North America, including the Spokane Symphony. In addition to his signature concert role, Mr. Pfund has appeared in concert performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte and Stamford Symphonies; Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Virginia Symphony; and Haydn’s Creation with the Louisiana Philharmonic. He also appeared at Carnegie Hall during the 2013-2014 Season with the Rochester Philharmonic as a part of the Spring for Music Festival as Sir Gower Lackland in a concert performance of Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount

CHARLES ROBERT STEPHENS, BASS

Charles Robert Stephens’s career spans a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. His performances show “a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty” (Opera News). At the New York City Opera he sang the role of Professor Friedrich Bhaer in the New York premiere of Adamo’s Little Women, and was hailed by The New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction.” Since his debut as Marcello in La Bohème, Mr. Stephens’ New York City Opera roles include Frank in Die Tote Stadt, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and 43 performances as Germont in La Traviata on tour across the US. Mr. Stephens has sung on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall in a variety of roles with the Oratorio Society of New York (St. Matthew Passion), the Masterworks Chorus (Messiah), and Musica Sacra (Lord Nelson Mass). Carnegie Hall performances with Opera Orchestra of New York have included roles in Otello, Lucrezia Borgia, and Adriana Lecouvreur. 

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. They are also available online and at all TicketsWest outlets.

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