Symphony No. 2
Benjamin Zander, conductor
Maria Brea, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Chorus Pro Musica
A live performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is always more than a concert—it is a communal experience. This overwhelming, heaven-storming symphony takes the listener on a long journey toward an exalted destination. It starts by laying the hero of Mahler’s First Symphony, the Titan, to rest, with a shatteringly dramatic, annihilating funeral march. And then the rest of the symphony builds a new pathway to hope and ultimate affirmation. In the second and third movements, a critical eye scans both the beauty and the absurdity of this world. And in the final two movements, the transition is effected from earthly striving and insufficiency to heavenly fulfillment. There is no work in the repertory, none whatsoever, that so completely unites performers and audience in a transformative musical affirmation.
We are extraordinarily fortunate in our vocal soloists for this performance. Soprano Maria Brea has been praised by Teatro Grattacielo "Maria Brea, who created the role of Countess Olga with her seemingly unfettered vocal abilities, conquers the entire stage with her every appearance. Her cheerful soprano fully reflected the sparkling temper of her heroine." This will be Maria Brea's Boston debut performance!
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano has been praised by Opera News for her "impressive tone and dead-on pitch throughout a wide range, and a fierce command of words... She has become a matchless interpreter of contemporary opera." and the Boston Globe raved "Through much of the opera, what we are observing-and marveling at- is the tour de force performance of mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano."
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