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Philadelphia Orchestra closes out its residency

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado

VAIL The Philadelphia Orchestras 2007 residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will come to a close Saturday, when they perform Beethovens Symphony No. 9 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Beethovens Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral, is one of the great ninth symphonies that pushed the limits of classical music into the romantic period. Written after going completely deaf, Beethovens Ninth is his last completed symphony and the first example of a major composer using the voice as an equal with the orchestra. The fourth movement is considered to be a symphony within a symphony. The text to this final movement is based on Freidrich Schillers Ode to Joy and will be performed by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus, brilliantly prepared by director Roger Melone.The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus is a sister organization to the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and its members come from all walks of life, bound together by their common love of music. Among their 90 singers, 22 are professional musicians working in music-related fields. Roger Melone is a resident conductor as well as choral director with the NMSO and began this post in 1983. Melone has conducted subscription, tour, pops and childrens concerts and enjoys a busy schedule as a guest conductor, making appearances with the orchestras of Austin, Canton, Dallas, Chattanooga, Peoria, Savannah, Sacramento, the Lake Forest Symphony in Chicago and the Illinois Chamber Symphony.Tickets for The Philadelphia Orchestra are $23 for lawn seating, $62 for regular reserved seating, and $84 for premium reserved seating. Call 877-812-5700 to purchase tickets.


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