Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Beyond the Score: Mahler 4
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Written between the World Wars in 1936, British composer Vaughan Williams' melodic plea for peace not only draws from the traditional mass, but also from a trio of powerful poems by Walt Whitman. This stirring cantata is set to be performed by the Masterworks Festival Chorus, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists under the baton of conductor Richard Bjella. The concert also features an appearance by conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope and the National Festival Chorus, who'll sing some of Stroope's own pieces, along with several hymns and traditionals. Learn More
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Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, completed in 1901, is one of his most immediately attractive and approachable works, a gorgeous cornucopia of musical memories and dreams filled with folk tunes, children’s songs, klezmer music, art songs, Viennese waltzes, military marches and—at the heart of the work—one of the most passionate slow movements written by Mahler.
The CSO explores the place of this music in the art and culture of late 19th century Vienna, in the rich and decadent final years of the Habsburg Empire, and delves into the sensuous beauty of the final movement, one of Mahler’s most ravishing songs, a childlike dream of the life in heaven that greets those who have suffered on this earth.
Markus Stenz, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Gerard McBurney, creative director
William Brown, actor
Laura T. Fisher, actress
Elizabeth Buccheri, piano
The CSO’s highly successful multimedia series Beyond the Score reveals the story behind great works of music, with dramatized commentary and multimedia illustrations. The first half of the concert is a live documentary with an engaging exploration of the score, discussion of its context in history, and live musical examples. Following intermission the work is played in its entirety.
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