WWU Symphony Orchestra Presents Okoye and Beethoven
Time and Location
- Nkeiru Okoye: Songs of Harriet Tubman
Ibidunni Ojikutu, soprano
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Come in from the dreary February weather to warm your body and spirit with the Western Symphony Orchestra in a free, one-act performance of inspiring, uplifting, and incredible music. Celebrated soprano (and WWU alumna) Ibidunni Ojikutu joins the WSO to sing four arias from Nigerian-American composer Nkeiru Okoye’s stirring opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom, tracing Tubman’s journey from a childhood in slavery to becoming “the Moses of her people.” The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, composed in 1812 as Europe was freeing itself from the iron grip of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Seventh Symphony is among the most perennially fresh and viscerally optimistic music in the repertoire, and as good a balm as can be found for the troubles of our own times.