Masterworks III: “Ode to Joy”

Symphonicity’s Third Subscription Concert Celebrates Love and Joy

In his season debut, Symphonicity’s new Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe will lead a massive orchestra and chorus in “Ode to Joy,” the third of a five masterwork concert series titled “Ode to the Future,” scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, February 18th, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

The afternoon concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s greatest and most performed work, Symphony No. 9 “Choral,” featuring the combined efforts of Old Dominion University and Symphonicity Choruses prepared under the direction of guest Chorus Master Dr. Nancy Klein, award-winning conductor and current Chairman of ODU’s Music Department.  

Guest soloists for the fourth movement Chorale include Dr. Rachel Holland (Soprano), Chair of Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Department of Music; Indiana University graduate Judith Burke (Mezzo Soprano; CNU’s Dr.John McGuire (Tenor); and Chris Edwards (Bass), a recent graduate of Peabody Institute. Each of the singers have performed in various roles in both opera houses and concert halls throughout the United States.

An interactive pre-concert talk with Maestro Boothe begins at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby and will feature audio excerpts and enlightening discussion. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. with the light, almost humorous, La belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen) Overture by Jacques Offenbach, followed by an intermission-free rendition of the Beethoven.

Tickets are available by calling or visiting the Sandler Center Box office at 757-385-2787. On-line tickets are available for purchase at but include additional processing fees. Purchase a pro-rated season ticket for the remaining three concerts (Feb. 18, March 25, and May 6) and save up to 25%.  

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is located in Virginia Beach at 201 Market Street.

For further information regarding this concert, please call 757-671-8611 or visit