"Symphony of a Thousand"

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Angela Meade - Soprano

Erin Wall - Soprano

Lisette Oropesa - Soprano

Stephanie Blythe - Mezzo-soprano

Mihoko Fujimura - Mezzo-soprano

Anthony Dean Griffey - Tenor

Markus Werba - Baritone

John Relyea - Bass

The Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus

The Choral Arts Society of Washington - Mixed chorus

The American Boychoir - Boys choir


Mahler - Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand")

Thursday, March 10, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

The nickname "Symphony of a Thousand" may be an exaggeration; there will be "only" four hundred or so singers and instrumentalists in these performances. But Mahler's masterful Symphony No. 8 is otherwise immune to hyperbole. It's an enormous, ambitious, soul-stirring work that simply must be experienced live.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin marshals these tremendous forces to produce a sublime realization of Mahler's absolute belief in the profound importance of this music. These performances mark the 100th anniversary--almost to the day--of the Symphony's U.S. premiere by The Philadelphia Orchestra. It played a pivotal role in launching our now-renowned ensemble onto the international stage. Leopold Stokowski (who'd seen Mahler himself conduct the world premiere in Munich in 1910) insisted that his Philadelphians should be first to perform the work in America, despite the cost and difficulty. The reverberations from that performance continue today.

Download or stream a release by Mike Cone, music-lover, lifelong concert-goer, and former composer who explores Mahler's Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand"). Enjoy a look at the cultural milieu and musical ife in Vienna in 1906, the year of its compostion and the musical background of the work. https://www.philorch.org/Mahler

Please note that there will not be a PreConcert Conversation in advance of the performance. However, the Orchestra joins the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in a panel discussion as part of HSP's Memories and Melodies program series. The disucussion, Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 PM, features Yannick Nézet-Séguin, historian Jack McCarthy, and professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania Simon Richter, and explores the connection between the "Symphony of a Thousand" and the international emergence of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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