The Akron Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2023-2024 concert season starting with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Sept. 29. The program celebrates the 50th anniversary of EJ Thomas Hall.
During the first half of the opening concert, Cleveland Institute of Music-trained composer and conductor Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate will conduct his work, “Clans,” telling legends drawn from his Chickasaw heritage. Akron’s own Dr. LaDonna Blue Eye, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, will narrate.
World-renowned cellist and Baldwin Wallace University faculty member, Khari Joyner, will perform the Dvořák “Cello Concerto” on Nov. 18.
The Jan. 13 concert features a sequel to last season’s co-creation with Akron-based EarthQuaker Devices. Composers Jake Gunnar Walsh and Jon Sonnenberg collaborate once again, bringing EarthQuaker’s otherworldly sounds to the symphonic stage.
On April 6, trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden will perform a new work for trumpet and string orchestra by the multi-talented Brazilian American composer Clarice Assad.
For more information and a full concert listing, visit AkronSymphony.org. ∞