ISU Concert Choir & Camerata Chorus
Dr. Scott Anderson, music director
Diana Livingston-Friedley, soprano
Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano
Eric Gustafson, tenor
Rubin Casas, bass-baritone
Thomas Heuser, conductor
What’s interesting about this concert?
Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven! We are thrilled that the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 coincides with our 70th anniversary season.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony sent music history in two directions. Composers of the “New German School” argued that after Beethoven’s Ninth, instrumental music needed a powerful, programmatic text to guide the listener, like Shiller’s Ode to Joy had done for Beethoven. The debate raged for decades.
The Ninth Symphony was last performed by the Idaho Falls Symphony in the spring of 2009, just over 10 years ago. The work ranks among the most-frequently performed symphonies in the world by far.
Soprano Diana Livingston-Friedly first performed with Thomas Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony in 2012 for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Baritone Rubin Casas first performed with Thomas Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony in 2013 for the Verdi and Wagner Bicentennial Celebration.