Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler Concert

Mahler                                      Symphony No. 3

(99 minutes)

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano

chorus pro musica

The Choristers of Saint Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square




After 20 years, it is time once again for the BPO to perform Mahler's exalted paean to nature, the Third Symphony. It is the longest and most all-embracing of all his works. In it, he set out to express the essence of his relationship to nature. Visiting Mahler while he was composing the Third Symphony at his summer retreat, his young apprentice Bruno Walter took a moment to reflect on the astonishing mountain view. "You needn't stand staring at that,” Mahler crowed, “I've already composed it all!" In this vast and profound work for chorus, orchestra, and mezzo-soprano, you will hear it all—from exaltation to terror to union with the primal forces that surround us. Renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Platts returns to sing the poignant setting of Nietzsche's Midnight Song. -Benjamin Zander

There will be no intermission for this concert.

Listen to WBZ New England Weekend: Audio Interview with Benjamin Zander about the Boston Philharmonic's Mahler Symphony No. 3 concert

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 - 99 minutes

"Platts's dark, fervent mezzo was perhaps the most superbly Mahlerian voice of the evening, emerging out of a full orchestra with a setting sun's warm glow" - Toronto Globe and Mail

All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.

Friday, April 8, 2022
8:00PM / Symphony Hall
Guide to the Music with Benjamin Zander, 6:45pm.

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