The Central Ohio Symphony's back-to-back performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony March 22 and 23, will be preceded by a variety of community activities designed to stimulate interest in the identical concerts. The concerts will be performed at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Ohio Wesleyan University's Gray Chapel stage will be the symphony's 70 musicians, OWU's Choral Art Society, Capriccio! Vocal Ensemble and four soloists, all led by conductor Jaime Morales -Matos.
The following activities and programs have been planned:
Community Forum on World Peace, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The OWU Chaplain's Office, the student Peace and Justice House and the Methodist Theological School will lead a forum on world unity. This program is free and open to the public.
Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony, a documentary film to be screened at 7 p.m. March 20 and March 27 at the Strand Theatre. Tickets are necessary. This documentary shows the use of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to offer "hope and resilience during dark times," according to the release. Filmed in 12 countries on five continents, the documentary has been discussed on NPR and by Bill Moyers. Filmmaker Kerry Cannadale will Skype with audience members after the film.
Facebook videos in March: the symphony has begun posting on its Facebook page individual renditions of Ode to Joy. Already posted are a Suzuki violin player and a Jimi Hendrix guitar riff, among others.
The Delaware County Community Foundation and Richwood Bank are sponsors of the programs, with support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Wesleyan University Performing Arts Series.
For more information about these programs or to purchase tickets, visit centralohiosymphony. org, go to 24 E. Winter St., or call 740-362-1799. Tickets also may be purchased at Buehler's Food Market, 800 W. Central Ave., Delaware.