The Kennett Symphony of Chester County has delighted concert-goers with its performances of classical music pieces for 69 years, and promises yet another exciting concert this October. The Symphony will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on October 16 at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Hall and on October 17 at Lincoln University’s International Cultural Center.
Everyone knows Beethoven’s Ninth, with the familiar “Ode to Joy” tune embedded in its movements, but few have ever heard the piece in person, performed by a well-sized symphonic orchestra of Kennett Symphony’s caliber.
Founded in 1930, the Symphony is composed of professional musicians who play six concerts per year, including a children’s concert. The orchestra also hosts a number of competitions for young artists in order to give them experience and exposure. As a strong presence in the community, the symphony played a special concert in 2006 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Longwood Gardens, where the live music was matched to an array of choreographed, dancing fountains. The musical director, Maestra Mary Woodmansee Green, has lead the Kennett Symphony since 1988 and has received a large amount of praise for her work with the orchestra, as well as for her other orchestral and choral projects.
The October 16 performance at Emilie K. Asplundh Hall will take place at 8pm, and the October 17 performance at the International Cultural Center is scheduled to begin at 3pm. Tickets are $35, when bought in advance, and will be sold for $40 at the door. Students can buy tickets at a discounted price of $10. For more information on parking, seating, or directions, please visit the Kennett Symphony event website.