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Opera Philadelphia looking for singers for Community Ode to Joy, especially men

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Opera Philadelphia is working with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to present a City Wide Side-By-Side performance of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the “Ode to Joy” on June 21, 2014.
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia are looking for volunteers from choral groups across the region to create a 100 voice community choir that’s as rich and vibrant as Philadelphia itself. What better way to come together to celebrate the power of music than with a community led performance of Beethoven’s immortal Ode to Joy!
The chorus will be accompanied by a 75-piece orchestra consisting of members of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and talented amateurs, music teachers and selected students from the School District of Philadelphia under the baton of the BPCO’s founder and artistic director, Maestro Jeri Lynne Johnson, at the Dell Music Center on June 21, 2014. This event will be an anchor event in the Dell Music’s summer season and an anchor in Make Music Philly’s annual celebration on the solstice.
Participation in this event is free to all singers on the stage and all members of the audience, so bring a friend, or two!
There’s a full registration page online at which includes links to download the score, learn your part through online mp3s, rehearsal information and more.
We’ll be using a score from the 1880s and the piece will be sung in ENGLISH translation. The score was donated by the Free Library of Philadelphia for this event. The score will be available for download. A very limited number of printed copies will be available at the chorus rehearsals. Please prepare to print your own copy of the score. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCORE:
If you’re unfamiliar with the score, please review your parts in advance of the first rehearsal as our time together is extremely limited. You can learn your parts via free mp3s online. Please visit to learn your part! The score is marked with the track numbers as the measure numbers do not line up with the mp3s online.
REHEARSALS: We’ll have five rehearsals for this event. Our Chorus Master for this is Opera Philadelphia Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden. Rehearsals will take place at two locations: Wallingford, PA in Delaware County and in Fairmount Park. The rehearsal schedule is below.
Chorus only:
Wallingford Presbyterian Church
110 E. Brookhaven Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Accessible via Media-Elwyn Septa train and ample free parking on site
Saturday, June 14: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Monday, June 16: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 18: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (with Maestro Johnson)
Chorus and Orchestra:
Dell Music Center Strawberry Mansion Bridge Dr, Philadelphia, PA.
Directions and Parking:!directions/cm7c
Thursday, June 19: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 21: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, June 21: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
More details regarding day-of itinerary, attire, parking locations and more will be emailed as we approach the event.
Tickets are complete free, so please encourage your loved ones to attend a glorious night of music making at a legendary venue. To get tickets, visit!page4/cfvg.
The Dell is an outdoor venue and all performances are done rain or shine. There is no rain date for this event.
Thank you!
Michael Bolton
Opera Philadelphia
DIRECT 215.893.5927