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    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor “Choral”
    A. Renee, soprano
    Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
    Chauncey Packer, tenor
    James Martin, bass

    Experience “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by composer Joel Thompson – an important new choral work written in response to police violence against unarmed black men in recent years. This moving piece communicates through rich music and text the tragedy of racism and the need to eliminate it. The concert finishes with Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9, a longstanding and cherished statement on justice, freedom of expression and thought, that celebrates the merit and strength found in human unity. When originally published in 1824, the famous words of “Ode to Joy” were outlawed as the government saw it as a statement against their legitimacy; Beethoven stood up against corruption in a very public (and risky) way. Featuring soloists A. Renee, Taylor Raven, Chauncey Packer, & James Martin, and welcoming several area choirs to join their voices in unity, this concert will be a powerful and memorable experience.

    Don’t forget to join us for INSIGHTS in Encore Lounge at 6:45pm before the concert! Discover the meaning behind the music in this informative, informal discussion presented by Maestro Hankewich and special guests. Free to all ticket holders!

    American Sign Language Interpreters and super titles will be available for both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City performances.

    Ticket Details – Single Tickets & Student Tickets On Sale Now!

    *Subscription Tickets for the Hancher performance of Voices of Change will be included in the Subscription Package.

    *Single tickets for the Hancher performance of Voices of Change will be available for purchase through Hancher’s Box Office. Single tickets for the Paramount performance of Voices of Change will be available for purchase through the Paramount Theatre Ticket Office.

    Students age 18 & under are eligible for a FREE ticket with paying adult. Subject to availability. Zones 2-5 Only. Some restrictions may apply.

    College Student tickets can be purchased for $10.

    Student & College Tickets MUST be purchased through the Ticket Office by phone at 319-366-8203 or in-person at 119 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

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    Health and Safety

    Beginning March 8, 2022 masks will not be required to be worn in our facilities or at our concerts. If, as a member of our audience, you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free to do so. Orchestra Iowa reserves the right to change this masking policy in response to changes in public health conditions, CDC recommendations, and updated policies by federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Additional Details