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A Farewell to Felder

23 May

On May 10, Tacoma bid a fond farewell to Maestro Harvey Felder as he wrapped up his 20-year tenure as music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured Maestro Felder’s final concert in Tacoma through the following photo essay.

Marquee billing Tacoma Symphony Bids Fond Farewell to their Maestro of 20 years, Harvey Felder.

Marquee billing Tacoma Symphony Bids Fond Farewell to their Maestro of 20 years, Harvey Felder.

 

Patrons, including Mayor Marilyn Strickland, gather to enter the Pantages Theater.

Patrons, including Mayor Marilyn Strickland, gather to enter the Pantages Theater.

 

TSO Felder Farewell

Mayor Marilyn Strickland reads the Proclamation naming May 6-12, 2014 as Harvey Felder Week.

Maestro Felder quietly centers before taking stage, awaiting his final conducting of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Felder quietly centers before taking stage, waiting his final conducting of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Harvey Felder addresses the audience.

Maestro Felder addresses the audience.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler, Symphony #5.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler, Symphony #5.

Completion of performance and first of several standing ovations.

Completion of performance and first of several standing ovations.

Harvey Felder gives thanks to his orchestra.

Maestro Felder gives thanks to his orchestra.

Maestro Felder exits with flowers during standing ovation.

Maestro Felder exits with flowers during standing ovation.

Encore performance, leading the orchestra and audience playing and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Encore performance, leading the orchestra and audience playing and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

A farewell kiss.

A farewell kiss.

Final standing ovation and exiting stage by Maestro Felder and Concert Master Svend Ronning.

Final standing ovation and exiting stage by Maestro Felder and Concert Master Svend Ronning.

All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer. The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyDane Gregory Meyer has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

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(Beethoven’s) 9th on the 5th

2 May

On May 5th, Music Director Harvey Felder will lead the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Chorus and an all-star cast of vocal soloists – soprano Amber Sudduth Bone, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Weld, tenor Stephen Rumph, and bass-baritone Barry Johnson – in the monumental Symphony No. 9 “Choral” by Ludwig van Beethoven, marking the finale of the TSO’s 65th anniversary season.

   
Left to right: Amber Sudduth Bone, Kathryn Weld, Stephen Rumph, Barry Johnson

The greatest of all classical-romantic symphonies, Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony features the famous “Ode to Joy,” based on a text by Friedrich Schiller. The work was the final symphony of the great 19th-century composer, and the first time that a chorus was utilized in a symphony. 

Beethoven was completely deaf by the time of its composition and premiere in 1824.  According to violinist Joseph Böhm, “Beethoven directed the piece himself; that is, he stood before the lectern and gesticulated furiously. At times he rose, at other times he shrank to the ground, he moved as if he wanted to play all the instruments himself and sing for the whole chorus.”  Upon the piece’s conclusion, the audience broke out into wild applause.  Because Beethoven could not hear, the contralto Caroline Unger walked over and turned him around so that he could see their enthusiastic response. 

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has become a seminal piece of music and part of Western culture.  Recently adopted as the European Anthem, the entire symphony was famously performed by an international orchestra, led by Leonard Bernstein, in 1989 to mark the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  It is so central to world culture that it actually influenced the development of Sony’s compact disc; CD inventor Norio Ohga insisted that CDs be made long enough to accommodate the entire 74-minute work.

The concert will open with Voices Shouting Out, by the groundbreaking American composer Nkeiru Okoye, who wrote the work late in 2001 to honor the memory of her fellow New Yorkers who died on September 11. This will be followed by Johann Strauss’s Voices of Spring waltz.  

Who: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
What: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Where: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma
When: Saturday, May 5, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $12 to $62, call 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593 or visit www.tacomasymphony.org.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund. KeyBank, Moss Adams Wealth Advisors, and Seneschal Advisors LLC have joined forces to sponsor the event.

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