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April 20, 2013

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 performance kicks off President’s Arts Week at OU

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NORMAN —

“You’re tired. That’s good,” Shames said addressing the packed stage and choral rafters. “You should feel dead tired. You’ve been practicing for weeks, but it should be new everyday, with all the passion ... total focus.”

For all the maestro’s demanding he knows the enormity of the task.

“I hope it’s enough. Suffice it to say the orchestra and choruses work very hard. It’s hard to do, when you consider these students have all of their academic coursework and some of them have jobs, too. Becoming a musician is very hard to do. Musicians just work constantly,” Shames said.

For all the hard work, today marks the light at the end of the tunnel. Shames and his orchestra will take a storied piece of music and make it their own.

“It’s very demanding, but it’s not about the difficulty. It’s about the magnificence of the music,” Shames said.

Mack Burke

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mburke@normantranscript.com

 

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