Choral Society to have concert on April 22

The Arkansas Choral Society will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, in the worship center of Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. 

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The concert was scheduled two years ago but was delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The concert will feature Society singers and the University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert Choir and soloists Mary Sandell, soprano; Aubrey Odle, alto; David Garst, tenor; and David Farwig, bass, members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kent Skinner for Beethoven's “Mass” in C major.

The chorus will also sing the so-called “Hallelujah” Chorus from Beethoven's oratorio “Christ on the Mount of Olives.”

The Arkansas Choral Society, made up of amateur singers primarily from central Arkansas, regularly pairs with college and high school choruses and awards scholarships to young choral 

singers, and has been performing all or part of George Frideric Handel's “Messiah” — pandemic years excepted — since 1930.

The orchestra opens the concert with the Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus,” Beethoven's only ballet.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students. Visit lovetosing.org for more information.