Up & Coming Weekly

April 02, 2019

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM APRIL 3-9, 2019 UCW 13 Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform "Ode to Joy," the last concert of its 2018-19 season, Satur- day, April 13, at Methodist University. e inspiration for the concert title is Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," which is embedded in the final movement of his last symphony, Symphony No. 9. is symphony, which FSO will perform in its entirety, is considered by many to be one of the greatest works in Western music. Beethoven was the first major composer to include human voice within a symphony. For that reason, this work is sometimes referred to as the "Choral Symphony." Beethoven composed "Ode to Joy" in 1824. e premiere for this work took place in Vienna May 7, 1824. In an article titled "Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' Lyrics, Translation, and History" at www.thoughtco. com, Aaron M. Green, an expert on classical music and music history, said, "despite its unpracticed and under-rehearsed presentation, the audience was ecstatic. It was the first time Beethoven had appeared onstage in 12 years." Green continued, "At the end of the performance (though some sources say it could have been after the second movement), it was said that Beethoven continued conducting even though the music had ended. One of the soloists stopped him and turned him around to accept his applause. "e audience was well aware of Beethoven's health and hearing loss, so in addition to clapping, they threw their hats and scarves in the air so that he could see their overwhelming approval." Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" lyrics are a slightly modi- fied version of a poem by the same name written by Christoph Freidrich von Schiller in 1785. It is a poem celebrating the unity of mankind. According to Christine Kastner, president and CEO of FSO, "'Ode to Joy' is a magnificent choral work, and it's a great way to end a season. It's one of those very special experiences." It was previously performed by FSO in March 2012. Kastner said the vocal parts will be performed by a choir that will include members from several local singing groups. Michael Martin, the choral music director at Methodist University, coordinated the participation of the choirs, including the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and choirs from Campbell Univer- sity, Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College. ere are vocal soloists who will perform along with the choir. Soloists include Erin Murdock, Angela Burns, Melvin Ezzell and Jeffrey Jones. e concert will last approximately two hours, with Symphony No. 9 lasting a little more than 45 minutes. e first half of the concert will introduce other pieces that led Beethoven to develop the Ninth Symphony. According to FSO Music Nerd Joshua Busman, for composers who came after Beethoven, it was not a question of whether or not they would follow in his footsteps but simply how they would do so. He went on to say that the "legacy of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is so long that it extends well into the 20th century." As one example, he explained that the reason CDs needed to be 120 millimeters across was to allow them to hold approximately 80 minutes of music — which satisfied a mandate to Sony engineers that new audio technology be able to contain the entirety of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on a single disc. FSO will perform "Ode to Joy" Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., at Methodist University's Huff Concert Hall. A Pre-Concert Talk with Busman will begin at 6:45 p.m. To purchase tickets, which range from $10-$26, visit www.fayettevillesymphony.org. FSO celebrates Beethoven, closes season with 'Ode to Joy' by CINDY ANDRESS EVENT Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, along with several local choirs, will perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" April 13. Photo credit: Raul Rubiera of Rubiera Studios e question is, will Fayetteville Woodpeckers baseball fans know how to get to the new ballpark? "We will absolutely be ready for our first home baseball game on April 18," said city of Fayetteville spokesman Kevin Arata. He was asked by Up & Coming Weekly about plans the city has to accommodate public parking during games at the baseball stadium on Hay Street. "For the April 13th ribbon-cutting event, parking downtown will be free, as with most other past large events downtown," he said. "Finding public parking is difficult for visitors," consultant Jon Martens told Fayetteville City Council during the Feb. 4 council work session. He added that making the public aware of available parking is a major challenge that must be under- taken by city government. Martens said many people he spoke with didn't know there's a parking garage on Franklin Street — within walking dis- tance of the stadium. For families who don't know their way around downtown, Martens suggested pole signs with recognizable logos could be used to locate off-street parking lots. e city has the capability of building signs, but at this point they are not in the plan, ac- cording to Arata. e city is depending on social media to help visitors find parking lots. Parking locations can be found on the city's website, Arata said, and by downloading the city of Fayetteville mobile app and clicking "downtown parking" on the menu. "In a nutshell, we know what we have to do for instituting the parking changes recommended. We just need to figure out the specifics of how to do it," said Arata. City government has received responses "from firms with expertise in this area to address the sug- gestions received from our consultant on the re- cent parking study," Arata added. He said city staff wants to hear how those in the know can provide implementation plans and costs associated with those plans. City Council will eventually make decisions about parking needs. "I believe the city is prepared to meet the parking demand that will be created by the new stadium," Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said. "ere are always areas that cannot be fully anticipated, but I have the utmost confidence in our staff to address any issues that may arise." e Cool Spring Downtown District and the Fayetteville Area System of Transit suggested trollies to shuttle visitors downtown. City traf- fic engineer Lee Jernigan also liked the idea of shuttle buses. "Park-and-ride shuttles from areas beyond the immediate center city could be adopted," Jernigan said in October 2018. He stated that additional considerations, such as providing convenient parking for the disabled, "would be available in a month or two." ey were not. "I do have concerns for the elderly and handi- capped," District 2 Fayetteville City Councilman Dan Culliton said at the Feb. 4 council work session. At the same meeting, council members op- posed the shuttle trollies and turned down the proposal. Members said they didn't want to spend tax money for a project that should be offered by private business. e city is spending $40 million to build the minor league stadium. Parking for ballgames by JEFF THOMPSON Cool Spring Downtown District and the Fayetteville Area Sys- tem of Transit suggested trollies to shuttle visitors downtown. NEWS CINDY ANDRESS Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com 910-484-6200.

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