When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.Benjamin Disraeli
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Bringing the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, fabulous guest vocalists and this super-sized chorus together to perform Beethoven's Ninth reflects the nature of this revolutionary piece -- it requires all 240 people on stage to do justice to the power and magnificence of Beethoven's final symphony.Robert Hanson
We might actually sell out of Magnolia tickets, which has never happened before. We have 570 tickets for the event. At this point, we are approaching 500 sold. This is the largest fundraiser we do every year for the Symphony Guild, and I think this is going to be the best year ever.Patty Williams
Every situation is very different. For 29 years here, it had been Seiji, Seiji, Seiji. So it was great for the players that, for two years [with Levine waiting in the wings], the focus was the Boston Symphony. But at the same time, what Jim has been able to do here in just two years is bring a focus and a standard. Bernard Haitink immediately remarked on the difference.Mark Volpe