Chorale, Local Orchestra Team Up for Three Concerts

Chorale, Local Orchestra Team Up for Three Concerts

The University Chorale of Boston College will join the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton in offering three public performances of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," including a March 24 concert at 2 p.m. in Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus.

The other performances will be Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Mission Church of Boston, and Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church of Newton.

Eight members of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra also have been invited to take part in the performances.

"This is an exciting project and a wonderful collaboration between Boston College and the Newton community," said chorale director John Finney.

The New Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Ron Knudsen, a longtime member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra violin section. Finney said the NPO has had a long interest in performing the piece, but needed a chorus. NPO president and principal cellist Adrienne Hartzell, who has performed with the University Chorale, suggested the collaboration.

"Beethoven's Ninth is a powerful, exciting and dynamic piece to sing," Finney says, "but since it requires a very large orchestra, we couldn't program it on our own at BC. We were delighted with the invitation to collaborate. It's a nice opportunity for the chorale to perform with a Newton community orchestra."

For information on tickets, venues or other details concerning the upcoming performances, contact the New Philharmonia Orchestra at (617) 527-9717.

-Rosanne Pellegrini


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