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    Mahler Triumphant!

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    April 26-April 29, 2012

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    Mahler Triumphant!

    The Boston Philharmonic revisits one of its signature composers and ends the 2011-2012 season with a riveting and awe-inspiring fourth and final concert, performing Mahler’s massive and technically-demanding Seventh Symphony. Maestro Benjamin Zander, a Mahler devotee with several recordings of the great Austrian symphonist to his credit, leads the orchestra in a dazzling showcase of Mahler’s often overlooked work, a piece the...

    The Boston Philharmonic revisits one of its signature composers and ends the 2011-2012 season with a riveting and awe-inspiring fourth and final concert, performing Mahler’s massive and technically-demanding Seventh Symphony. Maestro Benjamin Zander, a Mahler devotee with several recordings of the great Austrian symphonist to his credit, leads the orchestra in a dazzling showcase of Mahler’s often overlooked work, a piece the composer hailed as his “greatest” musical achievement after its completion in 1905.

    Beginning with a small rhythmic pattern inspired by a summer rowing trip, the Seventh grows steadily into a gigantic display of orchestral power, using a wide variety of instruments seldom heard in a concert hall, such as the guitar, mandolin, tam-tam, glockenspiel, gong and hand-bells. Though never following a specific story or program, the symphony’s five movements—featuring titles like “Night Music” and “Shadowlike”—are cinematic in scope and designed to immerse the audience in a world of images, including scenes of nature, chivalric love and military drama.

    True to his belief that musical repetition was something of a “lie,” Mahler infused his Seventh with several catchy melodies and slightly distorted dance forms that never quite take hold, but which build up to a bold and brassy finale that threatens to literally raise the roof. Scholars have referred to the last movement as nothing short of “life-affirming.”


    Sanders Theatre

    45 Quincy Street
    Memorial Hall, Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $15/$35/$50/$70


    General Day and Time Info:

    Thu, 7:30pm @ Sanders Theatre


    Sun, 3:00pm


    Phone: 617-236-0999

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    Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall is located at 45 Quincy Street, between Cambridge and Kirkland Streets in Cambridge, a 5 minute walk from Harvard Square.

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