The old English saying-‘start as you mean to continue’ was never better applied than to Mahler’s First Symphony. All the hallmarks of greatness are there from the beginning-a love of depicting nature in music, a sweet nostalgia for a world fast disappearing, a passion for squeezing a whole world into an hour of music, and most of all a genius for creating a sense of exaltation at journey’s end. Throughout his painfully short life (Mahler died at fifty-one) Mahler created nearly a dozen symphonic masterworks spanning the huge range of human emotion and experience and it all begins here, with strings that herald a hazy, hot summer’s morning, to a rollicking Austrian peasant dance leading to a finale that will leave you cheering. Setting the scene for Mahler’s epic is the final concerto for violin by Mozart, most probably written for his own gifts as a performer and another work that yearns for times gone by, John Harbison’s evocation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring twenties hero, Jay Gatsby.

Mahler's Titan

10/23/2015, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM

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Description:

The old English saying ‘start as you mean to continue’ was never better applied than to Mahler’s First Symphony. All the hallmarks of greatness are there from the beginning: a love of depicting nature in music, a sweet nostalgia for a world fast disappearing, a passion for squeezing a whole world into an hour of music and, most of all, a genius for creating a sense of exaltation at journey’s end. Throughout his painfully short life (Mahler died at 51) Mahler created nearly a dozen symphonic masterworks spanning the huge range of human emotion and experience and it all begins here, with strings that herald a hazy, hot summer’s morning, to a rollicking Austrian peasant dance leading to a finale that will leave you cheering. Setting the scene for Mahler’s epic is the final concerto for violin by Mozart, most probably written for his own gifts as a performer, and another work that yearns for times gone by, John Harbison’s evocation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring twenties hero, Jay Gatsby.

John Harbison Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
Mahler Symphony No. 1, Titan
Program Notes

Tickets start at $18, $5 for students!

Interested in learning more about this performance? Join us for Upbeat, our pre-concert conversation sponsored by BDO. This is FREE to all concert attendees and begins at 7 pm in the Devos recital hall. The guest lecturers will be Music Director Candidate James Feddeck and GRS musician Diane McElfish Helle.

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James Feddeck, Conductor
Augustin Hadelich, Violin

Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos  |  Guest Artist Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artis Fund

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