On Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in McKinney audience will hear the masterful Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed be Maestro Jason Lim and the Frisco Chorale directed by Kendall Carter.

"Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony in D minor, Opus 125, composed by Beethoven in 1822 to 1824, was dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia, and it was first performed in Vienna on the May 7, 1824. Ignaz Schuppanzigh directed the orchestra, in the presence of the composer. This symphony was at once a great success, and its premier gave cause for five recalls, whereas the Emperor was only able to benefit from three.

Beethoven constructed his symphony and added at the end of the fourth movement an Ode to Joy. To add an ending with choir was an idea on which he had mused upon since 1807.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

“This would be such a treat for McKinney and its citizens” Maestro Lim says. “It will be the first and not the last time the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra will program such great works for classical music lovers in McKinney to enjoy.”

This performance will also display the mentorship program OCO has. Pioneered by Maestro Lim, this program invites all-state students in the McKinney and Frisco area to perform and rehearse side-by-side with professionals.

“I am pleased to have two talented students from Frisco join us,” Lim says. “This is a program I set up to build a relationship with teachers in the fine arts programs in the local ISD, and one teacher in Frisco saw the benefits of such a program.”

Liudmilla Duston from Wakeland High School in Frisco and her all state students will be participating in the mentorship program.

The same performance will be held on Saturday, April 25 at First United Methodist Church in Frisco.

You can purchase advance tickets at a discounted price at odysseusorchestra.com. First Baptist Church in McKinney in located at 1615 W. Louisiana St. For more information, email odysseuschamberorchestra@yahoo.com or visit online at odysseuschamberorchestra.org or Facebook at facebook.com/odysseuschamberorchestra.