Associate conductor Christopher Wilkins, who skillfully led the Copland Fanfare and the Jackie Robinson piece, also led the New World Chorale and stellar soloists soprano Jayne West, mezzo-soprano Mary Westbrook-Geha (absent too long from the Boston scene), tenor Matthew DiBattista, and the indefatigable bass Robert Honeysucker in Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." (The Landmark will perform the complete Ninth Symphony at the Hatch Shell on July 14.) After the inevitable Stars and Stripes Forever, Ansbacher asked whether we wanted to hear one more piece, and he followed the roar of approval with more Beethoven — sort of: an arrangement of Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a disco version of the opening of the Fifth Symphony, which had many middle-agers dancing at their seats and Hunt and Wilkins shaking their booties off to the side of the stage.
Ansbacher, for “ensuring classical music for all,” Governor Patrick announced, pointing to a photo of the Hatch Shell on the JumboTron, is getting an honorary bench. He was also presented with a Number 10 (for decade) Red Sox jersey with his name on it.
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