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SSO to open season with Beethoven Ninth Symphony

Conductor Charles Schneider rehearses with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Niskayuna High School on Tuesday. Their first concert of the season is on Sunday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Conductor Charles Schneider rehearses with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Niskayuna High School on Tuesday. Their first concert of the season is on Sunday.
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The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra is opening its 79th season on Sunday with a bang. Music director Charles Schneider has programmed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with an expected 140-voice chorus drawn from the University at Albany’s Chorale, the Albany Pro Musica, the Octavo Singers and four soloists. “It’s a monumental piece,” Schneider said. “It’s like a marathon — it’s long and very hard.” The orchestra hasn’t performed the symphony in at least 10 years, he said, ...

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