The combined voices of over 120 singers, accompanied by a full professional orchestra and world-class pianist, John Robilette, will perform a Back to Beethoven: An Epic Journey program of 19th century masterworks in Ft. Myers March 25.
The Ave Maria University choirs will collaborate with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida to showcase works of Dvorak, Brahms and Beethoven under the direction of Timothy McDonnell, chair of the Ave Maria University department of music and director of the Southwest Florida Chorale.
The performance will be at the South Fort Myers High School Theater, 14020 Plantation Road, in Fort Myers.
The program includes Dvorak's Mass in D Major, Brahms's Shicksalslied and concludes with a rare performance of one of Beethoven's greatest and most inspiring masterpieces, The Fantasia, Op. 80, for piano, orchestra and concert chorus.
The Fantasia, a precursor to Beethoven's great Ninth Symphony, will feature acclaimed piano soloist John Robillete, whom European critics have described as "a throwback to the golden age of piano playing."The professional orchestral musicians are donating their services for the March 24 concert. Tickets are $18 and $22 and can be purchased online at BackToBeethoven.com, by phone from the Symphonic Chorale at 239-650-5695, or from the Ave Maria University bookstore in Ave Maria, either in person or by phone at 239-304-7032.