Toledo Symphony Gears Up for April 6th Arena Debut - Over 1,000 Community Members and Students to Join in Performance of Beethoven's Ode to Joy

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In just 2 weeks, the Toledo Symphony will make its arena debut at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. In celebration of 70 years in the community, the TSO will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with over 1,000 students and community members.

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Ode to Joy at the Huntington Center

They are attacking the challenge...with energy, focus and professionalism.

Last fall, the Toledo Symphony proudly announced an unprecedented community musical event. ODE TO JOY: A Community’s Celebration of Music will take place April 6, 2014 at the Huntington Arena in Downtown Toledo.

The event, sponsored by Promedica and in partnership with Owens Corning, celebrates 70 Years of the Toledo Symphony and more than 1,000 talented voices from across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Masterworks Chorale will serve as the lead chorus for the event.

Jessica Aeschliman directs choruses at Wauseon Jr. High and High School. About the event, she says, "I am thrilled to be able to offer my students this once in a lifetime opportunity to sing Beethoven's masterpiece with a professional orchestra. This is always a busy time of year, and I was afraid it would be one commitment too many, but because the students are so excited for the performance, they have risen to the occasion. They are attacking the challenge of the learning process with energy, focus, and professionalism that is not typical of high school students. And the intensity just continues to build as we get closer to April 6."

For 70 years, the Toledo Symphony has served as the heart of our musical community—now, for the first time ever, the symphony has invited choruses from throughout our region to lift their voices in the inspiring “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Toledo Symphony Principal Conductor, Stefan Sanderling, will conduct. Four talented operatic soloists will join the symphony and chorus--Jennifer Cresswell (soprano), Katherine Calcamuggio (mezzo-soporano), Shawn Mathey (tenor) and Sean David Cooper (baritone). All soloists have strong ties to the northwest Ohio community.

The following school and community choirs will be participating:

Masterworks Chorale led by Timothy Cloeter
Adrian College
Bowling Green State University
Clay High School
Lourdes University Chorus
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Oak Harbor
St Ursula
St. Francis de Sales
St. John's Jesuit
Toledo Choral Society
Toledo School for the Arts
University of Toledo Concert Chorale and Festival Choir

Sponsor Count Reaches 70 - In Honor of 70 Years in the Community
The Toledo Symphony is also pleased to announce that 70 businesses and individuals have stepped up to support this event as "Producers" of this special presentation.

For Tickets
-In person at the Huntington Center Box Office
-Ticketmaster outlets
-Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000
-On-line at

Event Details
What: ODE TO JOY: A community's celebration of music
Where: The Huntington Center in downtown Toledo
When: April 6, 2014 at 4pm
Who: Toledo Symphony, Stefan Sanderling, the 70th Anniversary Chorus directed by Timothy Cloeter & soloists
Tickets: Through Ticketmaster outlets, and at the Huntington Center Box Office
Groups: Groups of 10 or more should contact Ashely DiMasso, Suite and Premium Seat Manager at adimasso(at)meettoledo(dot)org.
Sponsored by: Promedica

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