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NIAGARA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS NIAGARA FINALE!


There’s something to be said about clichés. Tired as they may be, there’s truth to them.


Take ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Ask Candice Turner-Smith, managing director of Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and Diana McAdorey with Chorus Niagara, and they’ll tell you that when it comes to their first season at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, truer words have not been spoken.


Both organizations saw a remarkable uptick in subscriptions and ticket sales this year — 54 per cent for the symphony and 46 per cent for Chorus Niagara — attesting to the new centre’s draw among local music lovers and the curious alike.


“If the product sounds good, people are excited, people are coming, donors are coming… that’s definitely a recipe for success,” Turner-Smith said.


In its old digs at Brock University, the symphony knew it struck a chord with audiences if 5,000 people took a seat at the Sean O’Sullivan theatre to hear its musicians perform. This season, it’s on track to have 12,000 people lend their ears at the PAC.


Chorus Niagara, the region’s pre- eminent choral group, performed before record audiences on opening weekend when its members sang for upwards of 8,000 people.


Now to build on that. “We’re hoping it’s not just the honeymoon of the place and that people will keep coming to the shows,” said McAdorey, Chorus Niagara’s managing director. “We hope it keeps growing and growing.”


To help, the NSO and Chorus Niagara are teaming up for their final performance of the season, Freude- Joy! A Choral Spectacular, also known as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.


The performance on May 15 will see nearly 200 musicians and choral singers take to the Partridge Hall stage under the direction of symphony conductor Bradley Thachuk, and chorus director Robert Cooper. Pianist Stewart Goodyear, the symphony’s artist in residence, and Chorus Niagara member Jo Henderson, who is celebrating her 50th season with the group, will be among them.


Both organizations hope it will end the season on such a high note that audience members will be left wanting more — and return next season with the same zeal to get it.


“It’s a very, very large concert, which is a wonderful way to end a season,” Turner-Smith said.


“You have two of the strongest and largest music organizations in the region. The calibre of what the Niagara Symphony Orchestra brings to the stage with music and Robert Cooper’s ability to cull the most amazing vocalists — he’s really a master at his craft. It’s a partnership that’s really wonderful for a grand finale.”


- Tiffany Mayer EatingNiagara.com


Niagara Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Niagara


Masterworks 5 Partridge Hall ADULT: $64 SENIOR: $59 30 & UNDER: $32 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: $14 CHILD (15 & UNDER): $12 HIGH SCHOOL: $5


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