APRIL 20: Beethoven's glorious masterwork, his monumental Ninth Symphony, with its exultant "Ode to Joy," concludes the Las Vegas Philharmonic's second season Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the U.N.L.V. campus. A festival chorus and four soloists join the Philharmonic under the direction of Harold Weller to perform this ultimate masterpiece of classical music.

Beethoven's "Fidelio Overture" adds to the musical drama of this Grand Finale of the Philharmonic's season.

Tickets are available by calling 895-ARTS (895-2787).

Soprano Rebecca Abram Kreider, a Las Vegas resident, has performed leading roles with opera companies throughout the United States, including the Washington Opera at Kennedy Center and the Palm Beach Opera Company. She has also sung with the Indianapolis Symphony and Bach Society of St. Louis and was soprano soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in its inaugural presentation of Mahler's Second (Resurrection) Symphony.

Mezzo-soprano Jody Kidwell of Philadelphia has an extensive operatic career, encompassing the title role in Carmen, Lucy Brown in Three Penny Opera, and Laura in Luisa Miller. She has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony of Costa Rica. She won the Giargiari/Bel Canto Competition and Luciano Pavarotti/Opera Company of Philadelphia International Voice Competition.

Tenor Mark Thomsen is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of the Opera Program at U.N.L.V. He performs frequently throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. This season he has sung with the New York City, Atlanta, Dallas and Austin opera companies. He has also appeared with opera companies in Houston, Santa Fe, Washington, Edmonton and Vienna and at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. He sang Beethoven's Ninth with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Bass-baritone Kevin Deas of New York has gained acclaim as Porgy in concert performances of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with Bobby McFerrin conducting, including the San Francisco and Utah Symphonies and the New York and Israel Philharmonics. He has also performed such diverse works as the Verdi Requiem and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He has had multiple engagements at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall and has recorded extensively.

The U.N.L.V. Master Chorale of over 100 voices, under the leadership of David B. Weiller, Director of Choral Studies at U.N.L.V., was formed especially for this performance. In addition to the U.N.L.V. University Concert Singers, membership includes music educators from the Clark County School District, U.N.L.V. choral alumni, high school music students and community members.

Concertgoers will also have first chance to purchase tickets for the Philharmonic's Third Season, featuring exciting music and soloists and a Pops concert and Yuletide Celebration.

For tickets to the Las Vegas Philharmonic's all-Beethoven Grand Finale concert on May 5th, call 895-ARTS (895-2787).